Embark on a journey through the diverse passions and insights of Sara, a Software Engineer at AscentCore. From conquering coding challenges to embracing the thrill of escape rooms and spontaneous road trips, Sara shares her vibrant interests. Dive into her tech love affair with C, explore the dynamic landscape of her workdays, and uncover her favorite AscentCore value – camaraderie. Discover the key lesson she’s learned, and join Sara as she looks ahead, eager to master new programming languages and ride the waves of upcoming tech trends.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How does Sara usually spend her personal time?
In my personal time, I find joy in a variety of activities. Gaming and exploring diverse music genres are among my favorite pastimes. I cherish moments spent with friends, whether it’s a casual get-together, a nice dance night, or tackling the challenges of an escape room. I’m usually down for a hiking adventure, especially in forests where the possibility of encountering wild animals adds an extra layer of excitement.
Traveling, even if it’s just a spontaneous road trip nearby, brings me immense happiness. To add a creative touch to my leisure hours, I dabble in origami – perhaps not a master, but the process is undeniably relaxing. Going to the gym and seeking the thrill of adventure parks are other important parts of my routine, helping me stay active and energized.
I’ve noticed that I prefer having a diversity of hobbies, each offering its own unique enjoyment, rather than excelling at just a few. For me, the richness of experiences comes from exploring a variety of interests, creating a well-rounded and fulfilling personal life. Next on my bucket list are skydiving and learning how to ski. Wish me luck.
What led you on your career path, to ultimately become a Software Engineer?
Discovering my passion for software engineering traces back to my high school days when I was introduced to programming. The intriguing world of coding captured my interest, and I quickly realized not only was it fascinating, but I also found it remarkably easy to understand. This initial exposure sparked a curiosity that evolved into a genuine love for software engineering, motivating me to pursue it as a career path.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
In the morning, my routine kicks off with diving into emails and crafting a plan for the day, ensuring that by our daily morning meeting, I already have a roadmap for the day’s tasks. Post-meeting, I fine-tune my to-do list, tackling the easier items first. Recognizing that my peak productivity kicks in after the lunch break, I strategically reserve the more challenging tasks for the afternoon.
The afternoon often involves client meetings, a pivotal part of our routine. Given the dynamic nature of my team’s tasks, describing a typical daily workflow becomes a bit of a challenge. Flexibility is key, and we adapt to the ever-evolving demands seamlessly.
What is your favorite tech?
C is my go-to tech love! Its efficiency and versatility make it a programming superhero. I admire its role as a foundational language in software development. It’s the OG of software development.
What’s the best piece of tech-related media you’ve read/watched/listened to?
I’m fascinated by the increasing integration of AI into various facets of our lives. I actively keep up with the latest developments in AI, especially in gaming. Recently, I came across an intriguing article discussing the promising prospects of AI in gaming, particularly in enhancing interactions with NPCs. The piece shed light on exciting advancements and you can check it out here.
Which is your favorite AscentCore value and why?
My preferred AscentCore value is Relationships, to be more precise, its representation of the camaraderie among colleagues. The outgoing nature and readiness to assist create a lively and supportive work environment. It’s like being part of a team where everyone is genuinely invested in each other’s success.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your time here at AscentCore?
The key lesson I’ve learned during my time at AscentCore is the pivotal role that people play in shaping the workplace vibe. It has become clear to me that the dynamics among colleagues significantly influence the overall atmosphere and success of our work. Building positive and collaborative relationships is the heart of a thriving workplace.
What’s next in your career journey? What skills are you looking forward to developing?
As I look ahead in my career, I’m pumped to dive into new programming languages and get the lowdown on upcoming tech trends. It’s all about keeping things fresh and staying curious. I reckon learning new skills will spice up the journey and open doors to exciting opportunities.