One of our primary goals here at Wiggle Work is to make strides towards building a solid community of folks in tech that work part-time and remotely. There are so many of us out there and it can be a very isolating and disconnected experience. We want to change that and bring people together for support, friendships, and work referrals while also getting the word out to employers that they are available.
Part of our solution is making sure individuals have a common platform to share their stories and career goals. This is the first post in this ongoing series, Wiggle Workers. We sat down (remotely!) and asked Aminah Burch, a front-end developer, a few questions to get to know her a bit.
Could you tell us a bit about your professional background and what type of position you are looking for now?
I’m a career-changer with a previous background in military intelligence. My current profession, which includes some freelancing done while I was still in the military, is front-end web development with experience in back-end as well. I’m looking for a front-end position where I can use my skills in UI/UX, Ruby on Rails, and/or React.js to build websites and creatively solve problems.
What is one of your professional accomplishments you are most proud of?
I would have to say gathering the courage to make the switch from military to technology. Many people don’t have the confidence to do so and end up stuck in a job they’re not happy with, which is heartbreaking. I was determined to do what I love to do.
What topics are you looking to learn more about in your next role; in what area would you like to grow?
Some topics I’m interested in learning more about are test-driven development. I currently use TDD, but I know that I can do more and learn more. I hope that my next role will allow for learning more best TDD practices.
How long have you worked remotely? Do you have any tricks or tips regarding working remotely?
Every freelance project I’ve worked on thus far has been remote, and I’ve been freelancing since 2009. The best tip I have for working remotely is to have a ritual and follow it through everyday, but also allow for some flexibility. Also use a pomodoro timer, it helps to stay on task and not get caught up.
What do you do to make working remotely comfortable?
I listen to ASMR sounds on YouTube. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and is this phenomenon where certain sensations give a person feel-good tingles down their spine. It is super weird, but having with ASMR I just need my headphones, some ASMR sounds, and I’m good to go!
What is the best way for employers to see your work and get in touch?
Thank you so much for chatting with us Aminah!