Software Engineer 4 (Female, Age 53) in Reston, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleSoftware Engineer 4
Salary$119,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationReston, NY
Years Experience8 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I am an employee of Northrop Grumman in the Northern Virginia area, in a division involved with the Federal Government (DoD)

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Task lead on a software development project.

Responsible for scheduling staff work, meeting delivery deadlines, software testing, presenting software documentation to boards, etc.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
6 holidays, 5 personal days, 2.5 weeks vacation, Blue Cross insurance (PPO), 401K w/employer contribution, pension

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
yes, work with others in an office environment (cubes). Very much enjoy working with others, prefer this to, say, working from home. there is frequent collaboration between team members so it’s very good to be geographically located in the same building.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
work in an office, that has no windows, ancient furniture that’s not computer-friendly, poor lighting, etc., etc. However, it is located very close to my home.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 4
Hours: 1
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 2

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
internet

What was the application process?
submitted resume

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
yes, face to face with 2 separate individuals

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
really don’t recall 🙁

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
not really, meaning there was no formal management training

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Masters degree in computer science

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes. I attended a liberal arts college and the writing skills gained there have proven invaluable over the years. And of course my masters degree was the perfect preparation for becoming a software engineer.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
n/a

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
major in Computer Science at a 4-year college OR

minor in CS and major in math, physics, chemistry

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
need to be someone who pays a lot of attention to detail, goal oriented, conscious of deadlines, technical ability. Excellent writing, oral communication skills enhance ones ability to advance. need to get along with others. software developers do not exist in an isolated environment.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
1. always stay current with technology

2. figure out if you want to advance into technical management as early as possible

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes, i believe the reason is obvious!

What are your current career goals?
remain in field, in technical leadership position, for approximately 5-7 more years.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1software development manager15 years80000software manager for small team developing software for the Navy
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:?

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4Randolph-Macon Woman’s CollegeChemistry, BA
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.5University of VirginiaComputer Science, MS

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