For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in computers and technology, so much so that when I was growing up, my friends and peers in school used to call me the “next Bill Gates” (at the time Microsoft was dominating the market). My knowledge and passion for computing was always apparent and I enjoyed opportunities to help others and solve their technical issues. With the introduction of the web, this interest naturally grew to include website creation,
In college, I knew I wanted to pursue this interest in technology as a career, and growing up in a business savvy household, I decided to major in Business with a concentration in Information Systems at Indiana University. I subsequently also acquired my Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Indiana University in 2010. In the last five years I have held full-time positions in the healthcare area, as a technical support analyst for a software company that creates electronic medical record software utilized by the majority of major hospitals in the United States, and currently as an IT Business Analyst/Application Analyst for a health insurance company. In both positions, I have enjoyed the problem solving aspect of trying to figure out why a functionality in the system is behaving a certain (potentially incorrect way) and working with customers and co-workers to try to resolve it.
Solving others technical issues and problems is great, and can give you a feeling of achievement. However any time that I am working on an initiative that requires me to be creative and build a brand new solution, while learning to solve my own problems along the way, I feel an immense sense of accomplishment and pride. And the one way that I have always been able to express this has been through web programming. One of my first experiments in web development was using Microsoft FrontPage (in 1998) to build a website for my family’s entertainment agency. Since then, I’ve found other opportunities, while in college and on the side, to utilize and hone my development skills. And now I’m on my way to making a pretty significant change in my career and become a developer.
Next up: My development toolkit