Meet Marina, a "refactored" front-end developer
Marina Couso is Front-end Engineer at Soamee, but she has not always been, holding not one, but two Master’s Degrees in social sciences! Today, she happily works building web and mobile apps for different entities. Meet her “refactored” professional tour and discover her multidisciplinary personality.
What did you do before working at Soamee?
I studied Political Sciences and hold two Master’s Degrees related to equal rights and promoting egalitarian societies. In fact, I’ve never stopped learning about this subject and nowadays participate in an NGO focused on gender equality. After working several years as a project officer and manager in social projects, I realized that I needed new tools to get closer to the needs and concerns of society. That’s why I decided to learn front-end development as one of the most powerful contemporary communication tools.
What do you find the most challenging at Soamee?
The most exciting and challenging aspect of Soamee is the plurality of projects you can face in a short time. Our clients come from very different spheres, so their ideas, objectives, and expectations are very diverse.
Moreover, Soamee gives you the opportunity to participate in a majority of a project’s processes, from client management to code review, to planning and proposing possible solutions to the difficulties that the projects present.
What do you like most about Soamee?
The best thing about Soamee is the great relationship between colleagues. My fellow workers stand out for being good people, always ready to help you out. They also have very interesting backgrounds and personalities.
Part of the culture of Soamee is to take a coffee break every week with one of our colleagues, rotationally. That allows us to keep in touch during these pandemic times when all of us are working at home. I love these coffees (and actually organize them) because it gives me the opportunity to know my peers better, and share a pleasant and relaxed moment with them.
How has Soamee helped your career development?
Soamee has helped me improve my hard skills as a developer as well as merging them with the soft skills I brought from previous experiences as a project manager.
On one hand, I have the opportunity to work out as a front-ender, developing mobile apps with React Native, while also learning back-end. This plurality is challenging and keeps me alert while continuously incorporating new tools and approaches.
On the other hand, being able to work through sprints, demo with clients, and coordinating tasks with my workmates (or autonomously, depending on the project), gives me experience with new soft skills on top of the ones I already had.
Marina posing at one of her adventures
What is the next life milestone you want to achieve?
Some years ago I decided that I wanted my life to be interesting, enjoyable, and not stressful. That is why my next life milestone is to make at least one significant trip each year to get to know different places and cultures.
What is the best vacation you’ve been to?
Two years ago, I decided to make a change and take some months off after finishing a pretty exigent project I worked on. As I am bilingual in Italian (I love to learn different languages), I chose Rome as a nice destination. Having the opportunity to live in such an incredible city, walk its streets, visit its absolutely astonishing art, and meet new people… it was one of the most magical periods of my life.
When are you the happiest?
I am happiest when I’m dancing. I love to learn new dances so throughout my life I have participated in dancing groups of salsa, belly dancing, rock & roll, tango…
Also, I absolutely enjoy a lonely, cozy afternoon at home reading a graphic novel, some feminist essay, or great historical literature.
My wellbeing also relies on meeting my dearest friends frequently to chat, go to the theater, or attend music concerts.
Do you recall any embarrassing or fun moments at work?
On a regular working day last summer, I went to the office (when we still used to do that) in a beautiful dress and shoes because I had plans to go out with some friends later.
Marina enjoying herself!
After two hours sitting down at my computer, I got up to grab a cup of coffee. When I came back to my desk, I saw some strange plastic pieces under my chair… What was that? I looked closer and suddenly recognized color and texture: it came out from my shoes!!!
It turns out that one of my beautiful high heels was falling apart! It was embarrassing, but fortunately one of my colleagues had some sneakers in the office (a little big for me, but I wasn’t going to complain) so I could use them to get back home.
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