We’re delighted to kick off our new Meet the Team feature here on the TruRating blog, and what better way to start than with Front-end Lead Engineer extraordinaire (and all round lovely person to boot) Giorgia Amici.
Giorgia brings a little bit of Italian flair to our London HQ, and we were keen to learn a little more about how and why she got into doing what she does today…
Take it away Giorgia!
Hey Giorgia – could you tell us a little bit about what you do an what a typical day at TruRating look like for you?
Sure! I work with the Product and Data teams to make sure that the frontend team delivers on the overall TruRating product suite. We meet at 10:30AM for our daily standup, where we update the team on what we did the day before and what we are planning on doing that day. After that, well we work! I’ll start off by looking at the current list of features we’re delivering or perhaps will spend some time with the data team to discuss any upcoming initiatives.
What I like about being a frontend engineer is that you are always working alongside product, design and UX but also data and backend. This keeps things interesting and makes it fun!
Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do? How did you decide to go into tech and product?
I’ve always been interested in maths and statistics. Then at Uni, I discovered programming and computer science and it just clicked – I knew straight away that this what I wanted to do!
What advice would you give to somebody considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?
I advise you to get a mentor, whatever your gender. A mentor is someone that should inspire you in all different levels and provide you with training, tips, and support.
My mentor is Claire Davenport. She is the CEO of HelloFresh. She has always been such an inspirational woman: passionate, smart, driven and a natural leader. While I was still new in the industry I was taken under her wing and given my confidence thanks to Claire’s guidance.
By giving me independence and guiding me to find my own answers when I doubted myself, she helped me define what I wanted from the future of my career. Claire is a true inspiration, always investing time in people, even with a packed schedule. A mentor will never give you an answer to your questions, they will give you the tools and support so that you can find the answers yourself.
Do you notice a lack of women in technology? If so, why do you think that’s the case?
There is definitely an imbalance in terms of numbers. The main reason is probably that historically computer science is not something girls were interested in. But now, with the ubiquity of companies like Facebook, Uber, Google, women do understand the importance of technology in everyday life and are more interested in being involved in it. Technology is such a broad sector that everyone can really find their own voice.
Is there one piece of advice you wish somebody gave you at the beginning of their career?
Never be afraid to say “I don’t know” – it’s the best way to start learning
Any reading or websites you would recommend to stay updated?
If you like frontend – I’d check out https://www.jstips.co/
Tell us a fun fact about you.
I broke the same leg twice, same spot, same way just 3 years apart… trust me I am a good skier!