#IAmGalen: Missy Westland, Associate Technical Consultant
When did you join Galen, and what do you do here?
I joined Galen in June 2016 as an Associate Technical Consultant right out of college. I have been working on the North Carolina HIE project, data migrations, and reporting. I was assigned to a project after a little over a month, and have been steadily picking up work since. My projects are fairly different from one another, and in my free time I am able to further diversify my skill sets in programming, database structure, and network security. I have also worked on training for future new hires.
What sort of work did you do in college?
I majored in Mathematics and was really interested in Abstract Algebra. I wrote an honors thesis in physics with a professor as well as another thesis in algebraic topics in knot theory. While I do not have the opportunity to apply theoretical mathematics in my current position, I am still presented with new technical problems every day that require a similar approach to problem-solving.
What were you looking for during your job search? What made you choose Galen?
I was looking for tech positions where I could learn new skills and improve my current skill set. I was particularly interested in improving my programming skills, which I did not have enough time to focus on in college. Galen checked both of those boxes. The collaborative and relaxed culture at Galen sealed the deal on top of all that.
What’s been the most unexpected thing about working here?
Not so much unexpected as refreshing – everyone is very easy to get along with, works well in a team, and is happy to help their peers. So, I guess what I would say I’m most surprised about is that an entire company can be this way!
What advice do you have for prospective Galen candidates?
Be flexible. There are a lot of different ways to solve a problem. Make sure you are committed to expanding your knowledge and helping others.
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