Pathway from intern to Racker
Maryam Nazari is a software developer working on data center automation -- also known as AutoHost and displayed proudly on their flag hung from the ceiling of the Austin office. I interviewed her and asked her to share her story here, asking about her journey here, what events she likes best, and what advice she has. In her own words:
I have lived in Austin since January 2013. Previously I was attending the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and was doing an internship at the Castle. Before college I took a year off after high school and worked for the department of states in Afghanistan (American councils for international education). I graduated college with bachelor of science in engineering management (focusing on mechanical engineering) in December of 2012. After taking two semesters of internship during my senior year, I interviewed for full-time position with the Auto-host team, and got an offer with the option of working from the Austin office. I had always liked visiting Austin, so I was excited when I realized I had the option to work from here.
I learned about Rackspace through a school job fair. I was determined to work at Rackspace after my very first visit to the Castle. I loved the culture and the people I met, it felt like the right place for me.
I chose programming as a job because I like mathematics and programming is a real life application of math to me. I also love programming as a job because I really like the culture of programmers, they open source their work, share knowledge between each other and they are constant learners. As programmer you have to be a learner because the technology changes so often that staying on top of things requires constant learning. Almost all programmers I know do programming as a hobby in their free time and that speaks a lot about this career. :)
John Smith and Sheena Gregson were the organizers for my internship group. I had a great experience working with them. We were assigned to work on different projects from week one, I learned a lot and had a great time.
I have really enjoyed the Hackathon event, it is a fun, productive, creative and collaborative event.
Advice? Be a Racker! Have fun, love/enjoy your job and get to know your peers. :)