Chris Barth

Software Engineer

Microsoft

Find me online:

“I write prototype software for windows devices.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Software Engineer

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of BEING CREATIVE and the interests of ENGINEERING and DESIGN.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I show up to work at 8am and get a two hours of personal time to write code and drink coffee. My team appears around 10am and we have a standup where the different members share their current job-related struggles as well as their recent accomplishments. We then travel around the Microsoft campus to meet with different partner teams in order to architect a new product. At the end of the day, there's a team social hour where prototypes are demoed and everyone gets free food/alcohol.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

If you are good at building personal relationships with people that you meet as strangers, you're already ahead of the game. For me, greater patience towards coworkers comes from a deeper understanding of their lives outside of work.

In a giant corporation, teammates vary in terms of upbringing and culture. The more commonalities you can find amongst each other; the more comfortable things become. And it helps produce an environment where good ideas are shared by soft spoken people.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Software Engineer

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Computer Science
  • Undergraduate - Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - Park Hill South High School
  • Undergraduate - Illinois Institute of Technology, Computer Science
  • Undergraduate - Illinois Institute of Technology, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

GPA's act as a filter for new college hire recruiting. Teaching, giving presentations, and building a thick resume/CV will help you stand out from those who don't put in the extra effort.

When coursework seems boring, try and look at content through a different lens and find aspects that interest you. For example, who knew that the creator of Fourier transforms traveled with Napoleon to found an institute in Cairo during the late 1700's!?

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PARENTS

“Don't go into art. It isn't profitable.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

This statement was naïve. It would have been more helpful if my parents had realized that interests in things such as art and design could also be applied in the business/technical field. Computer Science has application in all industries/interests. That being said, I wouldn't have been exposed to the technical skills without setting out to get a degree in some sort of STEM discipline. And if you just set out to expose yourself to more fields, you'll likely be surprised by what you enjoy most.

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