Name: Heidy Hernandez Breton
Job title: Software Engineer
Time in current role: 6 months
How did you land your current job?
My journey started nine years ago in Havana, Cuba when I decided to study Computer Science. I subsequently dropped out of college in 2011 after three and a half years of study and moved to Lima, Peru where I went back to school to complete my studies. While in Lima I worked in several technology-related roles for small and large companies and at the same time I conducted some bioinformatic-related research at my university. In 2013 I joined Wolfram Research where I was a research programmer for two years.
After finishing school in Peru I moved to the United States to reunite with my family. Always looking for challenges and following advice from some of my engineer friends in the Bay Area, I ended up interviewing for a technology startup in San Francisco and I got a job as a Software Engineer earlier this year.
What are the key functions of your role?
I’m a full-stack Software Engineer in the growth team at Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a marketplace for local services, and the growth team is in charge of the demand side. That means making sure we bring customers to our platform who are willing to hire professionals.
Talk us through your typical day at work
We don’t have a strict work hours policy, however I always try to keep a 9am to 6pm schedule. This helps me organise myself and keep a reasonable work-life balance. In a typical day at the office I get to do a lot of different things like coding and attending team meetings. I can also be designing or monitoring experiments and writing documents to plan future projects. We have an in-house culinary team that cooks amazing breakfasts, lunches and dinners for us, and sharing meals with my work mates is always a highlight in my day.
How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Dependable, analytical, kind.
Your favourite part of the job?
Knowing that my work has a purpose and a mission that I truly believe in. Also sharing the adventure of building such a complex product with an amazing and talented team.
…and the part you could do without?
Plans for the future?
- Keep learning.
- Experiment with new ways in which I can have a positive impact on other people’s lives.
- Continue developing my management and team-building skills.
- Get involved in education as much as possible.
Do you have any advice for others aspiring to break into your field?
Just do it! The difference between people who reach their goals and the ones who don’t is whether they are brave enough to keep going and face their fears. LLY