Mansi Pathak, Full Stack Developer at WebLinc
1. How long have you been working for WebLinc?
I’ve been a Full Stack Web Developer at WebLinc for 1.5 years.
2. How did you arrive at WebLinc?
I ended up at WebLinc through a series of fortunate events. Transitioning from a career in clinical research, my experiments used to involve lab coats and petri dishes instead of code.
Upon earning a degree in Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I worked as a clinical research coordinator and database systems specialist for four years. I learned how to program database queries for large clinical trial data sets, and eventually I wanted to dive deeper and learn how I could get computers to do more things! After about a year of learning on my own with the help of various courses, conferences, and online resources, I felt ready for the career transition.
I entered the tech space with a part-time gig as a contracted Rails Developer. In parallel, I joined a local health-tech startup as a Product Manager working with a team of web developers on a beta product. My experiences gave me valuable perspective, but I wanted to fully immerse myself as a developer. So, when I met WebLinc at a tech meetup and shared my story, I was ecstatic about the opportunity to pursue my interests as a full stack developer. I have loved every minute of my time here since.
3. What is the work environment like?
WebLinc has amazing founders who’ve managed to balance startup culture with organizational structure. Everyone is part of a collaborative team but is given the autonomy and individual space to get their tasks done. I have helpful coworkers, flexibility of work schedule, and the ability to prioritize continued learning as part of my workload. I could go on for a while, but to summarize: this is, hands down, my favorite job I’ve ever had.
4. Do you work on a team? And how many people are on it?
My team has 4 back end developers, 2 front end developers, and a project manager. I also interact regularly with a dedicated UX and design team. Although we handle a lot of moving pieces with these different roles, the importance is placed on operating as a cohesive unit. Everyone has their own responsibilities that they’re held accountable for. However, there is constant collaboration within the team to ensure work continues to move forward.
5. What’s your advice for women looking to get into the tech field?
My first piece of advice would be to find what it is about tech that interests you. There’s so many facets to tech: development, product management, design, architecture, and so many more! Find out what it is about tech that draws you to it, then completely immerse yourself in that aspect by going to tech events and meeting people that are doing things you’d like to be doing.
Lastly, take the time to do you. Treat yourself when needed. If you’re transitioning from a different career or even getting into tech as your first career move, there are many challenges to being a woman in tech. Take the time to look back on challenges you’ve overcome along the way and celebrate the wins. Over time, you’ll be able to see the progress. One small stride at a time.
Top weekend activities:
- Biking and walking around Philly’s parks
- Hanging out with my veggies in my garden
- Trying out new recipes and making up my own ones along the way
- Catching up on shows and movies (current obsession: Veep)