JPMorgan Chase DNA
In this series we are revealing the secret to our success, our employees. We are exploring who makes up JPMorgan Chase, what it is like to work here, and why they chose their respective career paths. You may even uncover some details and careers you might not expect. Click here to learn more about our outstanding employees.
Software Engineer for the Corporate & Investment Bank
University of South Florida Alumni
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Instructor
What did you think you would be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an archeologist when I grew up. I used to watch all the Indiana Jones movies and I thought traveling the world and having adventures, while learning about other cultures would be a very fun job.
As I grew up, technology became the vehicle I used explore the world on a daily basis. I became interested in careers that allowed me to have an impact, while working with people from around the world. And though I wouldn’t call myself Indiana Jones, I do get the opportunity to solve complex global problems every day.
What made you chose a career at JPMorgan Chase?
I joined the firm fresh from college and have now been here for seven years. I wanted to work for a company where I could continue to learn, and JPMorgan Chase had a great development program for college graduates called the Technology Analyst Program (TAP). After joining JPMorgan Chase and graduating from TAP, I learned that the firm offers many other programs to help technologists advance and continue growing at the organization. Most recently I completed the Expert Engineer development program for high-performing technologists who are looking to stay on a technical career path.
What’s one thing someone wouldn’t expect about your current role?
One of the misconceptions about software engineers is that we sit in a cube and write code all day without talking much to other people. The truth is this job is highly collaborative! In software development, soft skills are just as important as technical skills.
What’s your favorite thing about technology?
Easy: the possibilities are endless. Every day people are inventing new technologies and coming up with new ways to use existing technologies. It’s an exciting, fast paced environment.
Why is it important for you to have a career that allows you to give back?
The more I progress in my career, the more I realize how much help I’ve received from others. Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for one of JPMorgan Chase’s coding challenges, called Code for Good, where we pose a challenge to a group of students interested in pursuing technology careers. During the 24-hour event, students are tasked with creating and executing technical solutions to solve real-world nonprofit problems.
Volunteering at these events allowed me to become a mentor to students. It’s incredibly satisfying to see the original solutions developed by these brilliant young adults and to know that I helped them get there. There is tremendous potential impact from the ideas created, which spans from nonprofit cost reduction solutions to life-saving innovations.
Did you learn anything from the students you mentored?
I always feel like I learn more as I teach. Especially during hackathons, I learned about new technologies and frameworks that college students are using, which helped me evaluate my own work and to see new industry trends.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to the next generation of technologists?
Network. The key to effective networking is recognizing that the best solutions come from collaboration, so having a strong network is going to increase your chances of success.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. And for the things you can control, prepare as best as you can.”