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By Roadtrip Nation

Valerie Mazars de Mazarin

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I’ve been interested in problem-solving and puzzles from a young age.
I decided to pursue computer science in college so that I’d be able to develop my interest in problem-solving.
In college, I got an internship in information technology doing research for enterprise architecture at Honeywell.
After the internship, I transitioned into a full-time position as a solutions architect for Honeywell—I gained a lot of experience navigating corporate culture working for a big company.
I then moved on to work as a consultant and developer for Booz Allen Hamilton—my clients were within the Army and Navy, so I gained some exposure to government work.
I was encouraged by a connection on LinkedIn to consider working for the government—it was something I was interested in, so he directed me to a special hiring initiative for the FBI.
I now work as a computer scientist at the Washington field office for the FBI, where I use my background and skills in computer science to help the agents do their job.
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Career

Computer Scientist

I use my skills in computer science to help FBI agents do their job.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Government
Problem Solving

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Gaining experience within the corporate world has been very helpful in developing critical business soft skills. For example, learning how to navigate corporate culture, meetings, and professionalism was important.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find side projects that you can work on to help develop your skills and gain experience. These kinds of projects are valuable on your resume even if they aren't actual paid work. The experience you display does not have to check a box for paid work or some pre-set timeline. Any extra classes or academies you can participate in or side projects that you can work on are all great opportunities to both build your skills and make you a desirable candidate for jobs.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm not good enough to gain the opportunities I want."

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At Your Fingertips

At Your Fingertips

Computer Science Roadtrip