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From n00b to Engineer in 1 year

It is my great pleasure (and squee!) to share with my friends, family, PyLadies, twitter nerds, Women Who Code’rs, DevChixen, Systers, and everyone else that I can now say: 

I am an Engineer.

Joey & Chandler from Friends: Moving Day

Yes, the same person that once did not know the difference between a compiler and an interpreter, couldn’t explain wtf files do, or conceive of generators versus iterators. The same person that took her way too long to admit that you can return more than one item in a function.  This is the same n00b that was once told by Leah Culver that one

”…can’t just learn how to code without a CS degree.”

(I’d like to point out that it’s this exact industry that promotes and cultivates a culture not of ivory tower pedigrees but of free, easy access, and open source education.) Well my friends: by no means am I an expert, nor am I graduating from n00b status.  I am, however, taking my next step.  Drum roll… I am joining Red Hat as a  black hat hacker Associate Software Engineer working with OSS projects integrating RH’s identity and authorization down in Mountain View. Coding, community-building, applied cryptography, what could be better?  I’m just so honored and excited that my new manager and those I will be working with are willing to take a chance on me, and to give me the opportunity to grow into a field that I naively fell in love with (you can’t help who or what you fall in love with).

Oh wait! there’s MOAR!

I’m being given the awesome opportunity of a 2-month, unofficial ‘boot camp’ at Red Hat’s Czech Republic location in Brno.  HUZZAH! *Personal* history insert: I lived in Prague, CZ for a semester in 2006. Loved it. Wrote my senior thesis on its transitional economy. Lived like a queen with beer being cheaper than water.  Utterly ecstatic to visit again. OK I’LL BE HONEST the real reason I’m joining RH is get my own red fedora. #justkiddingnotreally

I’ll still lead PyLadies SF, live in SF, and be heavily involved in the Python community.  Just now employed, with health care, and a hard-earn title.

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