Written by, Jodie Zhou - LLUNA Data Engineer
When it comes to the end of a year, I always expect to be sentimental about how fast time passes by, but it’s important to reflect on all the meaningful moments too.
How it started
Back in April, I was two months away from my master’s graduation and nowhere close to a job offer, stuck in the middle of a pandemic. Luckily, at that time, I’d had two startup internship experiences, both related to data engineering and some full-stack experience in building web applications on a low-code platform called bubble.io. During those internships, I taught myself a ton and learned my way around bubble.io with much help from the online developer communities. Wanting to give back, I wrote some blog posts on Medium to share my experiences and techniques I learned, and to my surprise, they got attention!
And that’s the start of how I ended up where I am today. One day, I received a LinkedIn message from Aaron, the CTO of a people-first startup called LLUNA aiming to create a platform supporting work designed for life. He reached out and asked if I was interested in knowing more about the company and mentioned they might have a spot that’s perfect for me. After a few rounds of interviews and a meeting with their amazing CEO Jess, I accepted an offer to start as a data engineer intern.
How it’s going
The journey with LLUNA started off smoothly with me getting familiarized with the company ideas, platform and product. My position was fully remote so I get to work from home in Seattle while my teammates are based on the east coast. During my internship, I always felt like more than that — I got to participate in the weekly all hands Tuesday team time meetings where we discussed the core agenda for this week and the upcoming product release and major updates. I also worked closely with Aaron in implementing tons of new features exciting our customers. The LLUNA culture is all anchored on the core values that spell the word FRESH: Freedom, Resourcefulness, Empathy, Simplicity, Happiness: I felt very proud to be part of it. Fast forward two months, LLUNA offered me a full-time position, and I accepted without hesitation because I knew this was the right place for me.
Where I’m headed
Things only got better after that, I started to work more independently in designing and developing functions and features, tweaking the database and creating new documentation. With more and more customers coming on board and seeing new user data flowing in, I can see how much value we are creating for them and improving their work/life harmony. One of my next steps is to elevate our internal and external analytics, combining both new and existing data sources.
Looking ahead to our next major release, I told Aaron that I wanted to learn some new things and that the Google Cloud professional data engineer certificate fit both our company’s roadmap and my own developmental goals and interests. He agreed immediately and encouraged me to pursue the certificate. After two months of study and preparation, I passed the exam and got the certificate. I am excited to see what new things I can help create for our customers!
Biggest learnings of the year
Looking back on the year, I feel a strong sense of accomplishment and am so grateful for the people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned. There’re a few key things that stand out:
Here’s to a wonderful year ahead, and if LLUNA sounds like a good spot for you, reach out! We’re hiring for Marketing and Full-Stack Engineering Roles.