A Day in the Life – Dillon
What is your title? Describe what you do.
I’m a Software Engineer. My current project involves Android development and I spend most of the day programming. I’ve become well-versed in many programming languages and I’ve recently been using Java.
Why did you choose to work for CSCI?
Out of college I wanted to do something with cybersecurity or IT. I was aware of CSCI because a family member knew someone who worked here. During the interview process, I really enjoyed interacting with the people I met, and this was a major deciding factor. I could sense that there was a strong sense of camaraderie here and I feel like that’s something you don’t get at a lot of places.
What makes CSCI a place where you can grow your career?
My personal experience here is an indicator of how the company helps people grow their careers. I started at CSCI right out of college. Although I was hired for a different technical role, company leadership became aware of my background and interest in software engineering. They began giving me some tasks regarding scripting languages which led to more development projects. This gave me an opportunity to showcase and build my skills and enter my current position. I’ve been with the company for less than three years and have already experienced career growth first-hand.
What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of your job?
Programming can be challenging because you run into a lot of technical problems. You have to figure out exactly what the issue is. The rewarding part is when you realize the problem and fix it.
What are three things you do every day? Do you have any morning “rituals”?
When I get in, I always get some coffee. Usually I banter a little bit with my co-workers to get ready for the day. Right after that, I start checking emails and begin working.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications you should possess?
First and foremost, you should be open to learning new things. In this role, you might have to start working in a language you haven’t experienced before and you need to be able to learn and adapt quickly. Everything else follows suit.
If you could take a vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
I would go overseas. I’d love to go to Japan.