What It’s Really Like to Be a Software Engineer at Atlassian
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Your name: Bryan Mejía-Medina
Your title: Front-End Software Engineer
How long have you been at your company? 2.5 years
My career journey started in high school. I took a computer science class that allowed me to see the creative side of engineering through activities like solving logic puzzles, which solidified my interest in the field. Knowing that I wanted to work with computers, I enrolled at The College of William & Mary to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science. It was a challenging degree, and at times it felt impossible. However, by the time I graduated, I had the knowledge and intuition to become a software engineer.
While at university, one of my professors encouraged me to attend the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. As a Latinx immigrant, I was eager to meet other aspiring engineers with similar backgrounds to mine, so I applied and won a scholarship that allowed me to attend the conference three years in a row.
During my third and final conference as a senior in college, I met Atlassian software engineers at the career fair portion of the event. They stood out from all the other companies because they were particularly friendly and genuine, and seemed to have a team-oriented attitude. My first interview with them felt more like a pair programming session than an interview. Their down-to-earth personalities, the flexibility to work from home, and the company’s values made it an easy decision to work at Atlassian.