“There is always room for improvement.” – If you don’t know something, learn how to do it.
Meet Mariano Salem, one of FrogSlayer’s custom software development professionals who joined the team in November of 2017. Mariano move to College Station from McAllen, TX, but he was originally born in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico. He made his way to College Station to attend Texas A&M University.
After working at Cracker Barrel for a year through school, he decided he wanted to work where he could apply his skills and somewhere related to the degree he was working on. He saw the application open on Indeed and instantly felt drawn to the company. “They weren’t just looking for someone with good or great programming skills, but someone they could also build special bonds with”, said Mariano. So, he applied!
What led you to software development?
Wanting to be a developer came later in life! My interest was mostly in the hardware side and as a kid I was surrounded by a lot of computers because of my dad’s profession. I remember always wondering how they worked. It wasn’t until my first programming class in high school (senior year) that I was exposed to coding. From then on, I thought making a computer do something by just typing a few lines of code was perfect.
My programming experience grew as my college years passed, through classes and self-taught learning. I felt like I had a lot to catch up on while taking development classes in college. I chose my degree with no coding experience, so it’s safe to say I worked hard at researching and learning as much as I could.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Besides going to work each day, the rest of my day can vary. After work, my girlfriend will typically find something to do whether it’s at home, in College Station/Bryan, or Houston. In the rare case she’s feeling lazy, we’ll buy snacks, stay at home, and watch either movies or Friends.
What are your hobbies?
It may sound boring to others but my main hobby is learning new things! I may be interested in electronics, music, cooking, or even gardening. Once I feel content with what I know, I move on to something else that I’m curious about. I’m kind of normal, too (at times). I enjoy the occasional video games and binge watching.
What’s something you wish other employers knew about software developers?
Maybe not just employers, but people in general:
Most developers have a sense of humor, just not the one you’d expect. It’s okay to say that you don’t understand something. Developers are sometimes awful at explaining things since we forget not everyone is familiar with the words we are saying. For example: 00001000101011010
Just kidding, no one talks like that. 😉
Mariano says he can specifically remember the day he started working at FrogSlayer because of all the food that was at the office from the Annual FrogSlayer Potluck Lunch to celebrate Thanksgiving. That was an exciting day for all of us and what’s more welcoming than tables of food?
Each person at FrogSlayer admires anyone with the passion for learning, like Mariano’s. That is why he is such a great fit and addition to our team. “I honestly felt that FrogSlayer, and the people within, cared a lot about who I was as a person, and not just all about my technical skills. That is how I knew I wanted to work here!”