As we have a good time Worldwide Ladies’s Day and Ladies’s Historical past Month within the US, for this #ClouderaLife Worker Highlight we sat down with Clouderan Sherry Zhou to speak about her profession transition from biology to know-how, her geographic transition from the US to the UK, and what she discovered alongside the best way.

Sherry is an Engineering Supervisor for the CDV (Cloudera Knowledge Visualization) workforce. Her workforce’s aims are to, first, make it simpler for analysts to discover knowledge, enabling them to uncover attention-grabbing tendencies in product options and efficiency. A second goal is to make it simpler for much less technical customers to interpret knowledge by means of the creation of dashboards.

Sherry began at Cloudera two years in the past as a person contributor and a know-how lead for the workforce. She then took on a individuals supervisor position and is now managing a workforce of ten plus rotating interns.

“As a person contributor I understood the large image of the product, however changing into a individuals supervisor actually expanded my perspective,” she stated. “I discovered much more about what goes into workforce planning and administration of sources, and the way the product pertains to the workforce.”

Beginning at and returning to Cloudera on the identical time

Sherry obtained her begin in internet growth at a startup firm, Arcadia Knowledge, within the San Francisco Bay Space. She then introduced her and her household to London and moved on to a different firm. “Dwelling in London has been an thrilling expertise,” she stated. “There was lots to study and discover in addition to lots of adjustment in how the whole lot works within the rhythm of the day-to-day.”

In the meantime, Arcadia Knowledge was acquired by Cloudera and a few years in the past her former Arcadia colleagues, now Cloudera staff, contacted her. They had been engaged on what’s now known as CDV (previously an Arcadia product) and increasing, in search of these with earlier expertise within the product.

“Cloudera has an ideal tradition. I actually like how exhausting the corporate tries to be inclusive,” she stated. “I additionally actually like the corporate’s Cloudera Cares program, which matches donations to charities and causes.” She provides, “They’re all the time arising with new and attention-grabbing applications.”

From an early curiosity in know-how to a biology profession within the NIH, all led again to high-tech.

Sherry all the time had an curiosity in know-how whereas rising up. Her first foray into the world of internet growth began on the age of 13 when she discovered HTML to construct a webpage to showcase pictures from her math and science camp. 

Regardless of her burgeoning pursuits in internet design, she determined to check biology at Yale College and, after commencement, labored as an analyst on the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) in Washington DC. “Wanting again at my time with the NIH, the a part of my job I discovered probably the most enjoyable was after I may automate my job by writing scripts,” she stated. “I used to be drawn to this type of work and finally  determined I wanted to discover it as a profession.”

So Sherry took a deep dive into a brand new profession in high-tech, by shifting out to the San Francisco Bay Space. There she interned after which enrolled in a coding boot camp, which included coaching and help in job placement. It even had a spot to sleep as college students had intense undertaking schedules.

“Software program growth is a inventive outlet for me,” she stated. “You begin with an issue and create one thing to unravel that downside that didn’t exist earlier than; it’s very fulfilling.”

“For anybody trying to advance their profession in software program growth, I’d say the extra code you write in additional assorted tasks the higher will probably be for you in the long term,” she stated. “For instance, take part in Hackathons to fulfill new individuals or discover totally different applied sciences and other ways of doing issues. What you study might not apply to your job in the present day however in my case lots of what I picked up wound up serving to me in a while. 

Recognizing Worldwide Ladies’s Day and Ladies’s Historical past Month (US)

“It’s nice to have a good time the progress ladies have made by means of Worldwide Ladies’s Day and Ladies’s Historical past Month,” Sherry stated. “After I was simply beginning out in my profession in know-how there have been an amazing variety of males within the subject,” she stated. “I had an ideal alternative to volunteer at ‘Ladies Who Code’ occasions and comparable organizations to assist change that. The coding boot camp I used to be enrolled in was additionally an inclusive atmosphere that introduced collectively expertise from all totally different backgrounds. As I obtained began I seen that not all corporations felt as welcoming, and I sought out corporations to hitch that had a supportive workforce atmosphere. On our workforce, I’m happy to see we’ve a fairly even ratio of males to ladies.”

What’s Subsequent?

Sherry continues to develop alongside the administration monitor whereas additionally rising her technical skills. She is at present engaged on a grasp’s diploma in software program engineering at Oxford. Of their spare time Sherry, her husband, and their one-year-old proceed to absorb the London tradition and expertise of dwelling and dealing within the metropolis.

As we shut the dialog, we wish to thank Sherry for her continued contribution to Cloudera and for telling her story.


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