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卡罗琳amaba '12热爱她的工作 - 和文化 - 在数字媒体巨头BuzzFeed使用

Caroline Amaba standing against a wall at Buzzfeed headquarters
卡罗琳amaba '12在BuzzFeed使用的曼哈顿的办公室。照片:梅利莎blemur摄影

Graduating in 2012 with two degrees — a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in visual arts & technology — Caroline Amaba turned a part-time internship at VaynerMedia into a full-time gig. After helping the company launch its tech team, she spent five years doing web development and 社交媒体 and digital advertising before she made the jump to BuzzFeed, where she recently celebrated a work anniversary.

Q值。你目前BuzzFeed使用的软件工程师。你能告诉我那是什么样的呢?

我是主要对在BuzzFeed使用的广告组前端工程师。这意味着我通常工作与BuzzFeed使用的很多用户界面的网站上的代码。具体而言,我与我们的产品经理和设计师携手共创谁想要投放广告的网站上的客户端的广告产品。我也花一些时间来帮助管理我们的社交媒体(包括我自己,让其他人运行我们@buzzfeedexp 推特帐户),我帮写,编辑和策划各种科技博客文章。

办公室是一个了不起的,热情的和多样化的地方!每个人都是非常聪明的和有益的,我们都尽最大努力工作的共同目标。我在vaynermedia第一年,我一般,大多是关于专业领域毕业后的部分学到了很多东西;我的举动BuzzFeed使用中,我更学会了,我不断磨练我的编程,设计和领导能力。大家在这里互相支持。

我还想指出的我来了在BuzzFeed使用工作的原因之一是多样性的量在这里。道阮,出版商和BuzzFeed使用高科技的无畏的领导者,最近发表了一份报告,多样性2018年迄今。 BuzzFeed使用高科技的多样性大大提高,我很自豪地是价值观,一个组织的一部分。它使气氛更加温馨,以及思想和观点多如牛毛,我们是通过这种多样性大大增强。

Q. How did your VA&T degree help you transition into a career in the tech/media space?

A lot of employers liked my experience with computer science, but with the design background I got from VA&T. I also was originally applying to jobs as a UX/UI Designer. Web development and front-end development work just sort of found me during my time at VaynerMedia (I always liked coding). My digital design experience, though, helped me to bridge the gap between our designers and our developers, and those merged sets of skills became very key in building that bridge. I never just did "tech speak" — I could also talk design and visuals as well and find a happy medium between the two. Also, my more technical thinking from my C.S. degree informed how I went about some graphic/visual design problems; likewise, the visual/design thinking helped me think holistically about 我的 code choices and software engineering.

Q值。什么是一个成就你真的很自豪,你觉得史蒂文斯帮你准备应对?

At 史蒂文斯, both in classes and in a number of my extracurriculars, I made a good number of presentations. Also, while graphic design was always a hobby of mine, design skills I learned in my VA&T classes refined my work for making good-looking graphics and presentations. I recently gave my first talk at a tech meetup, which was a big step for me. There's something about presenting in front of your peers at college, but another in front of total strangers. Either way, I had enough confidence in my skills and abilities, and everything I learned while working, to make a great presentation. I got a lot of great feedback after the talk, too — people told me they didn't think it was 我的 first talk (in a way, it wasn't, but as a meetup talk it was).

Q值。你在哪里看到自己在未来五年或十年?在那里你想是什么?

2018年3月20日,是我在BuzzFeed使用一周年。我在BuzzFeed使用完成的工作量是惊人的短短一年时间里,它一直是太刺激了!我在这里享受我的时间,目前,我不认为我可以告诉你,十年,我的土地。

要有点自省,我决定离开该机构世界的一部分是因为工作本身,对我来说有点陈旧。我没有被质疑不够。这是改变的时候了,我认为移动为BuzzFeed使用工作已经一个惊人的决定。最近,我一直与我的经理,我的同事和朋友,我真的想这样做,现在我已经挖我的手到产品开发中。我是一个制造商,我喜欢创造的东西,无论是在侧我的艺术爱好,或在工作(有时就在身边!)我的代码。我一直在有我真的项目“在战壕里,”因为它是,编写代码,使大的设计决策。我认为在未来的两到三年,我把自己当作员工工程师或在某种意义上的个体贡献者:通常只是坚持写代码和建筑的东西!

作为未来五年......不太清楚,但是我知道,无论是在BuzzFeed使用与否,我会希望保持对产品和建筑工作的事情。我仍然看到了自己的编码,制作。我一直在慢慢变回艺术和一些数字化设计,我喜欢合并两个:代码可以创造一些美丽的作品。也许我会心脏在未来几年的变化,想下去的管理路线,谁在说?无论哪种方式,我只是想产生巨大的,有意义的产品和设计。

Q值。还有什么你,你可能会喜欢谈论工作以外呢?

It's crazy how outside interests get you noticed or make great interview starters. My resume has that I'm a Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master (I run the game for players), and it has been quite the conversation starter (also, being a Dungeon Master has a lot of transferrable skills to the real world, like scheduling, conflict management and working well under pressure). And I recently took up climbing! Aside from the gym, I've gone outdoor bouldering in Central Park and the British Virgin Islands. I actually got to reconnect with some fellow alums this way!