What does a day in the life of a Head of Engineering at a co-working space look like? We chat with Spacemob’s Head of Engineering, Beverly Dolor to find out more! Spacemob is a coworking space that builds foundations for businesses by providing space, technology, and connections. By laying down the groundwork, companies can thrive with purpose. With their space as the starting point, Spacemob is endlessly building proprietary tools like with member matching technologies to enable you to augment your business, and scale it to the heights of your imagination.
What’s a typical work day for you like?
Coffee 🙂 Check and reply to emails. See pending tasks on our tasks list that our very organised and efficient Head of Product maintains. Check-up on team members see if they need anything from me before I dive right into coding. In some days sync-ups with my fellow engineers to check on them and to see what other tasks we can work on in the next days. Since we are a startup, I also get asked to do frontdesk duties sometimes 🙂
What are you working on right now? Any side projects you’d like to share about too?
The Spacemob platform is continuously evolving, so that keeps me busy and awake most of the time 🙂 We’re still looking at different technologies that we can integrate into our system. Constantly getting feedback from all the different teams in Spacemob and our members as well keep us, product and engineering, on our feet all the time. I believe that our role as engineers is to provide solutions to our users, and help them make their work faster, more efficient and easier. We keep working to ensure we are fulfilling that role.
Nope, I don’t/never do side projects.
How did you pick up programming?
I only heard of computer science as a course when one of my aunt took it in College. I came from a zero-background on computers. I don’t even know how to insert a disk in a computer! Good thing was first day in the university they gave a hands-on seminar for people like me… and yes the computer lab was filled with people like me, zero-background. But I learned to love it! I love how you can solve problems or rather create systems that solves problems by writing codes. Overtime its not just programming that kept me going in this field. Its knowing that you are able to help people – your colleagues by building systems that they need to make their jobs a lot easier; seeing your users and how they interact with your applications and them appreciating its usefulness.
Did you ever find yourself with the imposter syndrome?
I’m blessed to have worked with some of the best people in my industry! So sometimes I feel i’m not qualified even be in their presence 😛 But I cannot be intimidated and stay that way. Or else I will always shortchange or question myself in what I do. Its a feeling you need to overcome. Just give your best in all the tasks/projects that you do. Be passionate and have accountability. Care more, however small, big, simple or complicated your task is. You need to accept to yourself that you are not perfect and that you will fail people’s expectations of you. But that doesn’t mean you are a bad person or employee. You just keep going. Learn. Don’t be prideful. Don’t think of yourself better than anyone. Keep improving yourself. And sharing what you learn/know helps you to keep grounded.
What do you think about opportunities for developers in Singapore? (e.g, tech ecosystem with startups?)
Singapore rewards anyone who wants to work and who works hard. I’m blessed to have been given opportunities to work here since 2008. Its is a melting pot of different cultures and opportunities. Companies who wants to expand in Asia Pacific see Singapore as their launchpad. Thus, all types of industries are here: banking, electronics, consultancy, food, travel, etc. Which almost all have need for developers in one way or the other. Singapore is also brimming with different activities as well that developers can participate to enhance themselves and enlarge their networks: seminars, conferences, talks and hackathons.
Any advice for ladies who are picking up programming? 🙂
I seldom hear the word “I love” in connection to programming. I guess that’s my advice. You have to “love” programming to really enjoy it. You have to be passionate about it. Solving problem is one thing, but learning different techniques on how to solve a problem is another. You need to constantly evolve in your chosen field. And in programming it shows on how you write your code, how you leverage on existing libraries or modules, how you take time to ensure that the code path you have is the most efficient and fastest. It takes time and it takes patience. Training yourself by learning new languages is a good exercise. Looking for problems to solve is a great way to kickstart your journey to programming.