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#STEMStories: Emma, Web Developer, Canada

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

Hello! My name is Emma Fattori and I’m a front-end developer that works at Q4 Inc - a tech company focused on Investor Relations products. Our office is based in Toronto, but I work out of the Hamilton office.

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

It took awhile for me to get to this point, but I’m so glad that I put in the work. After attending university, I worked for various digital Marketing agencies around Toronto in Account Management and Program Management roles. I realized around 2018 that I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this long term, and that I would need to make a career change.

Having worked with developers in the past, I started to become interested in what their job entailed. I started to learn HTML on my own at home, and then was introduced to tech Bootcamps that were available in Toronto by my brother. I looked into them and decided to take a night class for a few months to see if I really liked development.

After finishing the part-time class, I realized that I really loved to code, and I applied to Juno College’s full-time immersive Bootcamp and got accepted! I took another javascript course before the bootcamp to prepare myself, and I finished the bootcamp in December 2019. It was really difficult to make the switch, but happy to say that I started my dream job at Q4 in early Feb 2020!

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

I’m still pretty new, so I’m having to figure out new solutions to bugs and different issues every day. On top of that, the people I work with are incredible and the company cares deeply about their employees. I’ve felt welcomed and included since the day I started.

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

I think this is something I’m having to practice more now more than ever, since I’m working from home as a result of COVID-19. I’ve been going running when I can, and listening to music really loud at home when I get stressed out. When I’m at work, I usually go for a walk outside - it’s crazy how much this can help when you can’t figure out some code.

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

My dad started his own business years ago when my brother was little, and I think it’s really admirable. Because of him, I’d like to start freelancing as soon as possible and eventually start my own business once I have enough experience.

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

I’d say that life isn’t always going to be outlined like you thought it would. You’re never too old to do something, and hard days will always be there but you really can get through it. My hardest days pushed me to do the things I want to do, like go back to school, backpack for 4 months, move cities, etc.

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

  1. Have a few friends in your field that can support you. I have a group chat with three people from school and we’re constantly talking about coding problems, days that we struggled, and even recipes!
  2. Your field of choice doesn’t have to be your entire life. I struggled with thinking that if I didn’t code 24 hours a day, then I wasn’t really dedicated. It’s healthy to have other things you like to do.
  3. Listen to your gut and stick to your values. It was tempting for me to take any job that would hire me when I finished school, but I wanted a company that treated it’s employees well.

8. How do you measure your success?

I measure my success by how I’m moving forward and learning. If I can look back and see improvements, new processes, or ways that I’ve figured out solutions then I consider it a win.

I also measure success by how happy I am in the work I’m producing.

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

You can find my personal website at www.emmafattori.com!

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

Absolutely - I would love to speak with anyone that has questions or is looking to chat. I’m very open and would love the chance to encourage anyone to enter a STEM field.

Instagram: @fattori.el
Facebook: Emma Lynn
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-fattori-30aa2273/
Twitter: @emmafattori