#ClouderaLife Worker Highlight: Sherry Zhou, Engineering Supervisor

As we have a good time Worldwide Girls’s Day and Girls’s Historical past Month within the US, for this #ClouderaLife Worker Highlight we sat down with Clouderan Sherry Zhou to speak about her profession transition from biology to know-how, her geographic transition from the US to the UK, and what she realized alongside the way in which.

Sherry is an Engineering Supervisor for the CDV (Cloudera Knowledge Visualization) staff. Her staff’s targets are to, first, make it simpler for analysts to discover information, enabling them to uncover attention-grabbing developments in product options and efficiency. A second goal is to make it simpler for much less technical customers to interpret information via the creation of dashboards.

Sherry began at Cloudera two years in the past as a person contributor and a know-how lead for the staff. She then took on a folks supervisor function and is now managing a staff of ten plus rotating interns.

“As a person contributor I understood the massive image of the product, however turning into a folks supervisor actually expanded my perspective,” she mentioned. “I realized much more about what goes into staff planning and administration of sources, and the way the product pertains to the staff.”

Beginning at and returning to Cloudera on the similar time

Sherry obtained her begin in net improvement at a startup firm, Arcadia Knowledge, within the San Francisco Bay Space. She then introduced her and her household to London and moved on to a different firm. “Residing in London has been an thrilling expertise,” she mentioned. “There was lots to study and discover in addition to plenty of adjustment in how every part works within the rhythm of the day-to-day.”

In the meantime, Arcadia Knowledge was acquired by Cloudera and a few years in the past her former Arcadia colleagues, now Cloudera staff, contacted her. They had been engaged on what’s now referred to as CDV (previously an Arcadia product) and increasing, searching for these with earlier expertise within the product.

“Cloudera has an ideal tradition. I actually like how laborious the corporate tries to be inclusive,” she mentioned. “I additionally actually like the corporate’s Cloudera Cares program, which matches donations to charities and causes.” She provides, “They’re at all times arising with new and attention-grabbing packages.”

From an early curiosity in know-how to a biology profession within the NIH, all led again to high-tech.

Sherry at all times had an curiosity in know-how whereas rising up. Her first foray into the world of net improvement began on the age of 13 when she realized HTML to construct a webpage to showcase photographs from her math and science camp. 

Regardless of her burgeoning pursuits in net design, she determined to check biology at Yale College and, after commencement, labored as an analyst on the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) in Washington DC. “Wanting again at my time with the NIH, the a part of my job I discovered essentially the most enjoyable was after I might automate my job by writing scripts,” she mentioned. “I used to be drawn to this type of work and finally  determined I wanted to discover it as a profession.”

So Sherry took a deep dive into a brand new profession in high-tech, by transferring out to the San Francisco Bay Space. There she interned after which enrolled in a coding boot camp, which included coaching and support in job placement. It even had a spot to sleep as college students had intense venture schedules.

“Software program improvement is a inventive outlet for me,” she mentioned. “You begin with an issue and create one thing to resolve that downside that didn’t exist earlier than; it’s very fulfilling.”

“For anybody trying to advance their profession in software program improvement, I might say the extra code you write in additional different tasks the higher will probably be for you in the long term,” she mentioned. “For instance, take part in Hackathons to fulfill new folks or discover totally different applied sciences and other ways of doing issues. What you study might not apply to your job at this time however in my case plenty of what I picked up wound up serving to me in a while. 

Recognizing Worldwide Girls’s Day and Girls’s Historical past Month (US)

“It’s nice to have a good time the progress ladies have made via Worldwide Girls’s Day and Girls’s Historical past Month,” Sherry mentioned. “After I was simply beginning out in my profession in know-how there have been an awesome variety of males within the discipline,” she mentioned. “I had an ideal alternative to volunteer at ‘Girls Who Code’ occasions and related organizations to assist change that. The coding boot camp I used to be enrolled in was additionally an inclusive atmosphere that introduced collectively expertise from all totally different backgrounds. As I obtained began I observed that not all firms felt as welcoming, and I sought out firms to hitch that had a supportive staff atmosphere. On our staff, I’m happy to see we’ve a fairly even ratio of males to ladies.”

What’s Subsequent?

Sherry continues to develop alongside the administration monitor whereas additionally rising her technical skills. She is presently engaged on a grasp’s diploma in software program engineering at Oxford. Of their spare time Sherry, her husband, and their one-year-old proceed to absorb the London tradition and expertise of residing and dealing within the metropolis.

As we shut the dialog, we need to thank Sherry for her continued contribution to Cloudera and for telling her story.


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