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Name:
Andrea MacLeod
IT Specialty:
Web Development Careers
Job Title:
Web Developer
Company:
Internet Marketing Company
Degree:
B.S. in Computer Science, with a Systems Programming emphasis

Q.  How long have you had your degree and what college/university did you receive it from?
A. I graduated in 2004 from Texas A&M University.

Q. Do you feel your degree adequately prepared you for your technology career?  
A. Yes

Q.  How many years have you been in the IT field?
A. 6 years

Q.  Have you ever worked in a field outside IT?
A. Yes. In the USAF I was a Korean Linguist and an Information Manager. I have also had experience in a variety of sales positions.

Q. In what way did working in other fields prepare you for the IT field? Or do you feel it had no bearing on it whatsoever?
A. I believe that learning the Korean language helped me to open my mind to new languages which is completely necessary as a software developer of any kind. Surprisingly enough, learning programming languages is very similar. I believe that working in various sales positions helped me to understand people and how they see things and what they want. Understanding the human psyche is necessary for creating user friendly applications. Finally, information management taught me how to organize logically and effectively. Using this skill keeps the project lifecycle from becoming overwhelming and out of control.

Q. What personality traits and skills do you possess that you feel help you in your specific IT field?
A. I am a logical thinker who has a desire to learn as much and as often as possible. I am detail oriented, extremely observant, and sympathetic to the needs of others.

Q.  What steps does someone go through to get a job in this field?
A. Education is first and foremost. Although more positions are opening up every day, employers are becoming more educated about the skills that are required in order to perform effectively. Most of these positions require formal training and the higher paying positions require at least a four year degree.

Q.  What are ways to advance in your field?
A. An advanced degree is always a positive, but many employers prefer experience in this particular field.

Q.  What is the most enjoyable thing about your job?
A. Learning new things every day.

Q.  What is the biggest challenge regarding your job?
A. Keeping up with technology.

Q.  What are your daily tasks like? Walk me through what a “day in the life of an IT professional” would be like for you?
A. Every day is different. As with most ‘office’ jobs, I always check my email first to see if I have been assigned new tasks for the day. I usually add anything new to my personal to-do list and prioritize to ensure that everything is completed according to importance and necessity. If I am currently in the middle of a larger project, I’ll complete any small tasks that may be reaching their deadline before I continue with the larger project.

Q.  How much travel is there in the field of web development?
A. This is completely dependent on the company you work for. If your company specializes in Web Development for clients, there is a good possibility that you will end up traveling to the locations of your clients during different stages of production. On the other hand, if you mainly develop for your own company or your clients are all located in the general vicinity of your company, there could be no travel at all. In my situation, everyone in the company I work for works from home so my job does not involve much travel.

Q.  Is more work done in groups or individually? What kind of work do you do in groups and individually?
A. This depends on your particular company and job position. In most companies, Web Developers work in teams. Most projects can be broken up into modules and each team member will work on his/her module until it has been completed and tested and then will move on to the next module to be created. In much smaller companies, projects may be completed by a single Web Developer working alone. Personally, for me, 90% of the time I’m working independently, and 10% of the time I’m working with other people or in a group.

Q.   If you were a person getting ready to choose an IT major for college, what advice would you give them to help them decide between all the fields?
A. If you are the type of person who is creative or needs to see tangible results and who requires constant feedback about your work, graphics design and web design are for you. If you like to be the person who actually makes it all come together and who’s contribution is necessary for the project to work but may not be recognized (because it can’t be seen), then various developer positions may appeal to you including Web Development, Software Engineering, etc.