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Featured Interview with Evie Snuggle, Placement Software Engineer, Pinewood Technologies 

What was your childhood dream job?
For me, it’s always been either tech or medicine. I’m someone who loves being able to always learn more and these are the two fields that have always raised more questions as I dig deeper! You can learn forever and yet still only find more questions to ask.

We see you have the Trekkie badge, which character do you relate to most and why?

I’ve always felt like I relate a lot to Dax with always being passionately interested in science of all kinds, but also as someone who knows how to take a break and deeply have fun with enjoying life outside of the space station!

What’s the one thing people don’t know about you professionally that you think they should?

That I’m a person outside of tech as well! Know that the people around you have their own lives outside of work and that’s totally okay!

What project are you working on right now that you’re most excited about?

Most recently I’ve been working on a lovely Firefox theme called “Firefloss”, inspired by fairyfloss themes:
What path led you to becoming a software engineer?

For me it all had started with Windows XP and tearing things apart until I could find out how things worked! From there I’ve been tinkering and trying to understand how tech works ever since, sometimes breaking things in the process, but learning along the way!

What’s one thing you wish you knew earlier in your career?

Mistakes is how you learn, which is how you progress. You can’t learn without making mistakes with anything in life and the people you’d aspire towards have made thousands of mistakes along their own journey. Internalising this has helped so much when facing imposter syndrome day-to-day.

What does the ideal future of work look like for you when it comes to diversity and inclusion?

I don’t know if there will ever be an ideal, as there will always be ways to improve. There will always be ways that the things we build can be more accessible, inclusive and take into account people of all kinds. There’s a long way to go before we can start thinking about ideal futures, as often the basics are still being missed.

Favourite thing about Polywork so far?

Colour. When I go to LinkedIn, everything is blue or grey, it drains all the fun. When I visit Polywork however, it’s so bright, colourful and bouncy with a different colour highlighting each one of the different things that people have been doing, it shows how much people’s interests can vary and doesn’t just limit them to one small field. I love how people can be more of themselves on Polywork!

What kinds of polywork are you most excited about doing in the future?

I’m hoping that as I get settled more, I can help teach others in the future and share more of the things I learn along the way! I’m a massive fan of the “learning in public” model and I would love to adopt that more as part of my learning process.