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Paul Sobers

Associate Software Engineer, Democracy Works


What technologies do you use on a regular basis at work?

I have a pretty fun job. I get exposed to all parts of our applications at Democracy Works. For some projects, I get to work on the user-facing side of the product. For others, I get to work on the backend to ensure that the applications are fast and can handle a large number of users. Currently, my primary programming language at work is Clojure but I also work with Ruby, JavaScript, AWS, Kubernetes, PostgreSQL, and Datatomic.


How has the Marcy Lab School impacted your life?

The Marcy Lab School impacted my life in just the way I needed. It allowed me to figure out parts about myself while gearing me up in social and tech skills to actively perform on any environment or opportunity that present’s itself. It is so much more than just a coding school.


What advice would you give to future Marcy Lab School Fellows?

  • Trust the process. Every single assignment serves a greater purpose in helping you to become the leader and engineer that you were destined to be.

  • Believe in yourself. This school is hard. Many of my classmates were enrolled in college before we left to join the Marcy Lab School. We thought this would be easier. We were wrong. Dead wrong.

  • Hard work and discipline pay off. Take pride in doing the little things right and those tiny wins will compound over time.

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