Careers in Tech: My name is Federico

Careers in Tech: My name is Federico


My name is Federico Gomez-Suarez. I’m originally from Pueblo, Mexico. Most of my family are engineers but they are engineers who do things with their hands I turned out to be an engineer who codes I write software which scans images looking for bad images. Images that we know are illegal. I work very closely with organizations
like the national center for missing children at the end of the day the kind
of content that we work on is content we just don’t want to have online and we are
impacting the people who have been affected by that content I’m just making sure it doesn’t get distributed again. When I was about 12 or 13 there was a research lab close to where.
I used to live. Turned out that they needed. Someone who could code, I really couldn’t code at that time but I said I’ll do it. I’ll work on this for the summer so I
started working at the lab and I had there my book of C language that I was
just reading through trying to learn how to move this little engine and it took
me forever to just figure it out but eventually worked. I just enjoy doing it I would stay late at night until I
started working and I realized that there was something I really liked doing. When I
was in my freshman year in Mexico, in a small school I decided I wanted to work
for any other big companies in the US so I sent my resume to every company I knew and I didn’t hear anything for a year.
All of the sudden, I got an email saying Microsoft was coming to recruit and I
prepared, went all in and I didn’t pass the first interview but they saw that I
was so passionate about doing something with code that they interviewed me the next
year and after that I ended up coming here to Microsoft. To solve a real-life
problem is not only about the code, the code is a piece of it but you need to think
about the whole in a system. And Microsoft has people who have expertise in all the
different areas so I meet with lawyers I meet with business analyst. I meet with
different people in the company to be able to understand the problem better
and together trying to really find a solution. Usually I spend the mornings meetings
and do that kind of work and then in evening I just put my headphones on and
you start coding. Find something that you’re passionate about like a problem
in the world that you think is important and then look how you can partner
with nonprofit or find people who are already working there and help them. You
know use your skill, use your passion, use your energy to help solve a problem. You
will realize that you can bring a lot to the table, come up with new ideas on how
you can have impact, just keep knocking doors eventually one does open. Subtitles by the Amara.org community