My route into engineering might surprise you. I went from studying languages to working for one of the well-known social media platforms – Twitter.
These new skills opened up the world of software engineering to me. Now I am a partner engineer for Twitter, where I help developers access Twitter programmatically.
When other sites embed Tweets or use data from Twitter, engineers are behind the code that allows this to happen. I help these engineers and developers use Twitter data in new and helpful ways. For example, one group of developers built an app that monitored Tweets over time to identify how floods were escalating during bad weather. This gave people an early warning so they could make better preparations and prevent damage. Another developer used Twitter to create an app that measures how dry the soil is, so your plant will Tweet at you when it needs watering!
I love engineering because there is always something new to learn. There are a lot of resources online to help you learn and take on new challenges. For example, I took part in the #100DaysOfCode challenge to learn a new coding skill every day for 100 days. It’s different to learning at school because I get to choose what I learn, how and when, so it is always interesting.
My job is full of variety, letting me travel and meet new people. I get to solve problems, write code, and see the Twitter developer platform being used across the world.