Katherine Sheehan
Katherine Sheehan
Software Engineer, WANdisco
Sheffield, United Kingdom

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I have always wanted to be a doctor. Yes, you read that right, but somewhere along the way between 7 and med school that didn't happen. A little lost as to what to do next, since not attending med school wasn't quite a choice of mine, someone suggested I see if I would find computer programming interesting given my proclivity to math and science. I enrolled in a couple of courses and discovered it was kind of interesting, I'll admit I didn't fall in love with it straightaway but it did scratch my itch for problem solving. Fast-forward 7 years and I've carried on with taking computer science courses and obtained a certificate and diploma in Computing and Information Technology and I'm 5 months away from completing my BSc in Computer Science. Oh and that itch I mentioned earlier? Since I started at WANdisco as a Test Engineer and moved over to a Software Engineer, it's now become an obsession. I love my job! I love everything about what I do and the environment I work in. We develop replication technology and apply that to version control software, notably Subversion, and are extending our technology to aid the Big Data market.

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Latest Questions
  • Sanjay, Howrah, India

    Added Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Hi! I am Sanjay ..I am undergraduate but also I have completed software engineering.. so am I eligible for any software engineering job? Thank you.
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    Katherine Sheehan, WANdisco
    Answered Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:25 AM
    Hi Sanjay! Sorry for taking a while to reply, we've had some exciting changes at my work and I'm in the process of moving onto one of our Big Data projects involving Hadoop. Do you mean that you've completed a degree in software engineering? If so I ...
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  • Claudia, Newtown, CT

    Added Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I am a seasoned executive assistant by career for over 30 years working in many large corporations. I was considering starting an online business from home and no longer work now as an executive assistant but do ebook conversions from manuscripts or published books - and work for authors and publishers doing so. But now that I actively do html coding and tags alot for the creation of the ebooks, I really enjoy it and am going to look into getting a degree as a computer software engineer. I am ...
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    Katherine Sheehan, WANdisco
    Answered Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM
    I would definitely say that it is a possibility. There are several people I know who adopt a flexible way of working in this industry. They split their time between working at the office and at home on a regular basis, whether this is to look after ...
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  • Amnah, Pakistan asked Katherine Sheehan, WANdisco

    Added Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I'm very much confused about my career. I want to do something related with software but I want to become an ENGINEER in particular!! As a software engineer who has a CS degree, can you actually call yourself an engineer?? People are suggesting I study electrical but I'm not interested in physics!! Please guide me .. and if you can suggest any universities in Pakistan!!
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