Kat attended the COMMON Expo where she collaborated with other IT students, networked with industry professionals, and picked up her COMMON certification.
She wanted a career where she could combine her problem solving skills and mathematical mindset. Ekaterina also wanted the freedom to express herself creatively. IT was the perfect match. Today she's applying what she learned at Penn College as a mobile engineer at Teladoc in Denver, Colorado.
I work at a company formerly known as Livongo, now Teladoc. We're using AI and telemedicine to bring healthcare closer to people. I work as a mobile developer on an app that enables people to take care of their mental health. It's really awesome. I was hoping I could find a way to help people while working in IT. This definitely fits the bill.
When starting college, I was not sure what I wanted to go for. All I knew is that I liked math and solving logical problems, and also being creative, but I couldn’t see myself in an art major. Programming turned out to be perfect because it encompasses everything that I’m interested in. I am now able to create something new, like apps or software, basically out of thin air, by just writing some code. I am able to solve challenges and puzzles while being creative about how I go about solving them.
I also like my major because of the variety of directions I can go, be it software development, networking, or even web development. I will never struggle to find a job with my degree.
Overcoming challenges is what makes us learn and grow. You will never get better unless you make mistakes and learn from them, and you will not make mistakes if your school never challenges you. For me, it is important to study at a place that not only challenges me academically but also inspires me to take on leadership opportunities and gives chances to grow as a person.
You're as capable as anyone else. Do not let stereotypes or fear stop you. STEM careers need the diversity of viewpoints, skills, and solutions that we can bring with us. If you are just discovering your interests, make sure to pursue them! Your thirst for discovery and exploration could eventually turn into a Nobel Prize.
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