My name is Laura, I’m a 21 year old French developer. I have lived most of my life in the south of France, but when I started my studies I moved a lot, always looking for a new city and adventure. I started with mechanical engineering, but I hated it so much that I swapped to web studies and learnt design, development, video and communication in two years.
I started in the beginning of March 2019, so it’s still quite new!
My only advice? Don’t be afraid. No one is perfect. From what I have learnt through my internships, asking questions is the best and quickest way to learn. At some point, it will all become obvious, but it will probably take time at the beginning. Also, ask for practical tasks! Watching people complete tasks can be inspirational but it’s not very productive.
I think that when you are moving to a foreign country, you always have the same challenges: language and culture shock. A few years before, my English was so bad that I couldn’t even say a correct sentence… French people’s problems! However, when I came to the UK my English was good enough to understand people and vice versa. There are still misunderstandings sometimes, mostly because I still don’t know how to pronounce certain words, but at least it ends up with laughter!
I didn’t expect many culture shocks here, maybe the fact that English people are very polite and it can be disturbing at first! I remember buying food and the cashier asking me if I had a nice day and what I did… And now, when I go back to France, there is always someone to tell me that I have an English vibe, such as my clothes and the tiny accent I have kept by talking English for such a long time. It’s funny to think that living in a country makes you behave a bit like the people there.
Every morning we have a Stand Up meeting where each of the developers talk about what they did yesterday and what they have to do today. A regular day is mostly creating features, checking the code of my colleagues, fixing bugs and talking with the non-development team to help them understand what we are working on.
Probably the fact that most of the time I’m working on something that I’ve never done before. I also enjoy seeing our product evolve the more features we add to it.
Only. Three. Words. No seriously, I would say innovative, positive and versatile.
For me, success is your own. Don’t listen to people, to society, and do what you want, what you truly want. You’re living for you, so make your own success with your own dreams, and you will be happy. My own success would be to travel around the world, have a dog and maybe have my own company at some point!
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