Featured Developer Student for August 2021
tell us about yourself.
Hello! I’m Danielle Smalley. I’ve lived in Missouri almost all my life and will be moving to the KC area soon! Before Centriq, I worked 9 years in client-facing roles such as customer service and sales, mainly in the financial industry. In recent years, I’ve had colleagues suggest that I explore tech roles due to my analytical & detail-oriented nature, and curiosity for technology. I dove into my research, landed here at Centriq as a Full Stack Web Developer student, and feel like I have finally found my niche!
why did you decide to come to centriq?
Centriq’s curriculum was a big factor in my decision. I like that they choose technologies relevant to the area. The instructors are fantastic. Centriq has a good reputation with employers and offers many resources and services through the Career Services team. Learning on my own would have lacked the structure and resources I needed, and the traditional 4-year degree route wasn’t an option timewise or financially. I wanted and needed the immersive experience of a full-time 4-month course.
what class or subject matter has been your favorite and what do you like about it?
Entering the course, I thought it would be everything front-end. However, I found that I love data—both by working with SQL and the data integrations in our MVC weeks. Data is where my curiosity is the largest, though I do have an appreciation for the functionality that all stacks bring to the table.
what do you hope to do after centriq?
I love learning so I am seeking a role where I can continuously be learning, growing, and developing professionally. I aim to find my place at a company that simultaneously values collaboration and autonomy, where I can put my passion for problem-solving and communication skills to work each day.
tell us about your interests.
My fiancé and I have 3 cats that I absolutely adore. I enjoy video games, board games, and reading. I’ve been cooking since I was a child, so you can often find me testing out new recipes. I’m also a big music lover (excited for concerts again post-COVID!), and enjoy traveling when I have the time.