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#STEMStories: Alba, Senior Frontend Developer, The Netherlands

#STEMStories: Alba, Senior Frontend Developer, The Netherlands

1. Introduce yourself, who are you, what do you do?

My name is Alba Silvente Fuentes, I'm from Spain but since 1 year ago I'm living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

I work as a Senior FrontEnd Developer at a company called Blue Harvest. In my spare time I'm writing articles about FrontEnd technologies and working hard on the open-source to create more value for the web community and help others grow πŸ’œ

This year I've been named Ambassador for two technologies I really love, my beloved Nuxt (a super framework🦸) and Storyblok (a headlessCMS). So I'm trying to spread the word giving some talks, podcasts and livestreams πŸ¦„

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

In high school I realize that I was better at Maths than in the rest of the subjects, so I decided to do a tech career and I chose Sound & Image Engineering in Telecommunications, because I couldn't get into aeronautics, which was my dream at that time πŸŽ‰

But then, the first years I discovered programming and that changed my journey completely. I decided to do the free career internship in a web development company to learn how all this worked.

I was hired and the last 2 years of my degree I worked and studied at the same time. Nothing has managed to get me out of this webworld and this community πŸ€—

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

That there's always the possibility of discovering something new and you never know everything, therefore you never settle down and are always curious about what is new to come!

Besides, the satisfaction of making something work that development gives you, is not given by anything else πŸ”₯

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

Dance, dance a lot, It doesn't matter if you do It well or badly, the important thing is that your favourite music is in the background and that you sing and forget what discourages you.

In the end everything is temporary and no evil lasts forever, you have to know how to internalize that things happen and music always help.

Before COVID, I used to go to local music festival each month, now I see them in πŸ–– We need to keep the culture alive πŸ’œ

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

Debbie O'Brien, for sharing all that she learn, for helping others to trust and grow, for her enthusiasm and above all for her effort πŸ¦„

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

Share what you know, help others and collaborate on open source with more people, which doesn't have to be an individual path, you'll learn more with colleagues.

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

Do not underestimate anything you do, everything has value when It involves an effort.

If you have a bad day and nothing comes out, it's not the end, tomorrow will be a new day and things will be different. Stand up, take a walk, distract yourself if you need to.

Help you colleague, work as a team member, the community is the best we have when we create this supportive environment πŸ‘―‍♀️

8. How do you measure your success?

When my conscience is clear, when I have done my best and I feel fulfilled πŸ”₯

And when I get a message from someone telling me that I have help them, that's another level πŸ’

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

πŸ‘‰ In my website

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

@dawntraoz or Alba Silvente Fuentes