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About Lenora Porter
Since a kid, I’ve always been interested in technology and everything that came with it. It was exciting, fun, and extremely unpopular but I didn’t care! Even though technology was a passion of mine, it was extremely hard to get access/exposure to the field. The primary and high school I attended didn’t offer technology tracks and the schools that did were miles away from my home. I settled on what was offered and that was art.
Fine Arts came natural to me! I came from a lineage of artist and tinkerers. My current skill set comes at no surprise, I was surrounded by creatives. However, the word engineer or product designer never came to mind. My family members were artist, mechanics, construction workers, farmers, teachers, and nurses. It never occurred to me how they were creatives/engineers in their own light and I’m doing nothing but following suit.
Following suit for me is extremely non-traditional and non-linear. Without a technical background, I hustled my way into tech and redefined what it means to be a multi-passionate creative in a world of technology. What does that mean? Well, I attended a coding boot camp and personally I feel like it was a waste of my time and money. Hindsight is 20/20 and looking back it totally went against my learning style. Attending a coding boot camp did teach me the keywords and phrases to Google so I opted for a self-taught/community-taught learning path going forward. The new skills I gained from the coding bootcamp wasn’t lucrative enough to actually pay the loan back or my recurring bills so I had to rely on the degree I already had. I proceed to blend my psychology/sociology major, my high school teaching experience, design skills and not-so-great tech skills to finally break into the tech industry. Whew Chile!
After attending the coding boot camp and spending money I didn’t have, I needed a job FAST! I went on job interview after job interview and received tons of no’s. Again, I had to be non-traditional once more! I took a different approach to networking and focused on creating relationships. Like I said in the previous paragraph, I offered skills I actually had (design-skills and a degree) and landed my first job as a User Experience Designer in 2015. I felt offering skills I had could provide me room to learn the skills I wanted (front-end development skills) and it worked in my favor.
I am currently a Software Engineer at Heroku (Salesforce). (I joined Salesforce as a Senior Product Designer and held that position for a year before I transitioned.
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