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Global Technology & Operations
I am Andreea and I work as Assistant Vice President for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
My mother was a programming teacher. So she wanted me to have my first computer at a very young age. I remember my first website was not even live, it was just on my laptop and it only had a couple of pictures but I was so proud when I managed to actually build a table that I went on and told every single friend I had.
I believe there were a few challenges when I moved to London by myself without knowing anyone but I saw it as another problem that requires solving. This is what I do every day, I’m a problem solver, I’m a programmer.
It was hard to find friends when you’re not actually studying in UK but you’re moving from a foreign country but this did not stop me.
It’s very challenging to learn how to code because you come across a lot of problems and issues and most of the times, actually all the times it does not work but it’s all about actually going on and not giving up because when you code you actually solve a problem.
One piece of advice I would give to young girls is why not give it a try. If you’re interested in coding or not you will never know unless you try.
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"It’s all about going on and not giving up because when you code you actually solve a problem." Andreea moved to the UK for work and now encourages young people to give coding a go, "If you’re interested in coding or not you will never know unless you try."
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Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.
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