Sarah MacNeill

I'm a Software Engineer at J.P. Morgan

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Don't be afraid to try out new things.

What do you do?

I'm part of a DevOps team, meaning my work includes both building and supporting Web Applications used within the business. I get the chance to work on all aspects of our projects, like writing database queries, designing and implementing the front end of our websites and writing server code to do complex calculations. I also have the opportunity to work with some new technologies such as cloud computing.

Outside of work I love teaching - it's great way to solidify your knowledge and meet new people. I'm currently teaching a SQL and Data Science course to a fantastic group of young women through a charity called CodeFirst Girls. Coding is a really useful skill but it's sometimes hard to know where to start, so it's great to give more people the opportunity learn to code.

Why did you choose this field?

I always enjoyed problem solving during Maths and Science classes at school, so my Dad recommended I tried programming. I took my first Computer Science class in Year 1 of University, and I enjoyed it so much I chose to pursue it as my degree! I've always loved solving logical problems and learning how things work, and being a software engineer allows me to do that every day.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Finding a job where I get to work with interesting people and solve problems every day!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love learning new things, and since technology is constantly evolving, there's always something new to learn.

Best advice for next generation?

Don't be afraid to try out new things - you might surprise yourself. Originally, I didn't think programming was for me because I didn't know much about it, but once I tried it I was hooked!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.” ― Alan Turing

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