I spoke to over 100 technical recruiting leaders from across the country atTalent42in Seattle during a 45-minute keynote.
Reflecting on my recent job search, I realized there wasn't a centralized listing of all the Des Moines tech companies. So...I created it.
It was time for a change in my career, and Hy-Vee came calling. The best part was reducing my commute time by an hour/day.
I moved Downtown DSM into a quaint 1BR apartment. Des Moines has always felt like home growing up ~45 minutes away.
I started working full-time at Workiva. I was still living in Ames, though. Reality had not set in yet.
To celebrate graduating, my family and I did a roadtrip down the Pacific Coast Highway in California. An unforgetable experience.
One of my most cherished accomplishments. I worked my ass off to get this degree and hit a 3.5 GPA.
Apparently I did something right, because I was offerred and accepted a full-time offer with Workiva, as well as the opportunity to continue my internship until graduation. Nice!
This internship meant a lot to me. Being able to work part-time here while still getting my school work done was huge. Their cafeteria was AMAZING.
Why not make a little extra money and sharpen my skills? I taught Python to ISU Freshman.
Spent the summer in (beautiful?) Cedar Rapids, IA working at Rockwell Collins.
I opted to stay at my internship full-time throughout the fall.
Finally felt like I understood this whole programming thing. My interviewing skills weren't great, but I managed to snag my first internship.
I didn't pick up programming right away. It didn't help we were learning C 🙄 I'm glad I stuck with it, though.
CS 101. Our professor asked a simple question - "Who here has prior programming experience?". About 80% of the class raised their hands. I knew it was going to be an uphill battle from here.
I've been a die-hard Cyclone fan my whole life. It was a no-brainer that I was going to ISU, especially since they have a great Engineering program.
My hometown had about 1000 people, total. My graduating class was 36. High school was... interesting.
I remember many nights playing Age of Empires, Lego Island, and Runescape.
Every time we'd go to Target, I would beg my mom to get a pack of Pokémon cards. Sorry, mom.