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Stephanie Smith

Software Engineer, JP Morgan

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

I write software for a bank, meaning our code effects peoples' money. We use well-established technologies that allow us to ensure that our systems are strong and secure. The main programming language that I use at work is Java. I also use JavaScript (mainly for Angular, which we use for user-facing stuff). I write a lot of tests to make sure that things aren't breaking. For that, I use a technology called Cypress. Lastly, I work with a tool called Jenkins to automate how we get our code out into the world.

How has the Marcy Lab School impacted your life?

It has taught me so much about not just technology, but also about myself and what I can do. It has allowed me to network with others more effectively, has taught me to be more curious, and has made it apparent time and time again that slow progress is still progress, and means so much more than we think. I wouldn’t be where I am if not for the Marcy Lab School!

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

I would say that no matter where you are in your journey into technology, you’re in the right place. Technology, in general, is so complex and broad, it’s understandable to feel like there’s so much you don’t know. But what’s important is that you take it one small step at a time, and carry with you the foundations that will allow you to continue learning and growing. No one starts out as a genius!

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