Can you feel the beat? Hanzo’s Software Engineer Emily Whetter thrives at a fast pace and leads a software team that is creating innovative solutions for legal professionals to leverage the internet as a frontier for discovery.
Tell me about your role at Hanzo?
Emily: I am a software engineer team lead for Hanzo Dynamic Investigator, a product that allows you to sift through social media posts, online web forums and immense volumes of web-based data to quickly uncover and present the data that is most relevant to a case.
What problem are you currently solving?
Emily: We are currently migrating the investigator product to a more flexible architecture. This is an exciting change because this makes responding to customer needs more efficient and it allows us to continually build and deploy enhancements more rapidly.
What do you enjoy most about working for a legal technology company?
Emily: I love that there are constant challenges so you never get bored and I am energized by the fast moving pace. Given where I am with my career, I love that there are so many opportunities to learn and develop my skills and career along the way.
Share your philosophy about problem-solving in work and in life?
Emily: Embrace the challenge! It’s very rare that you set a goal, in life or work, knowing exactly what you need to do to get there. I try to embrace the challenge and that makes it enjoyable to find the pathway to overcome obstacles with creative solutions.
What do you do in your free time?
Emily: I like salsa dancing, playing the piano and spending time outside in the beautiful Cornish countryside! Having a good work/life balance is important to me and it’s easy to feel miles from the ‘office’ when you’re out in nature.
How did you get started in your career? Do you have any advice for a newbie?
Emily: I did a degree in Physics and Maths, but I always wanted to get into software. My advice for newbies is to persevere and look for alternative pathways. When I applied for internships, I initially didn’t get anywhere because my degree wasn’t in technology. It could have been easy to get discouraged and give up. Thankfully, I didn’t and found it was easier to get a graduate position in IT. From there, I was able to gain experience and training from companies directly while participating in the graduate position. Embracing the challenge and looking for alternative pathways to my goal made all the difference, and it’s that approach that I bring to solving problems for customers.
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