Catherine Schuman

Community Member Spotlight for July - Jessica Pennington

Blog Post created by Catherine Schuman Employee on Jul 14, 2015

Once a month we'll shine our virtual spotlight on one of the CA DevTest community's members. It's just a fun, easy way for us to get to know one another a little bit beyond our work-related interactions here on the site. This month, we're featuring Jessica Pennington, Market Analyst Intern/ Full time Student.

me-nadia.jpegJessica is pictured here with her niece, Nadia.

Location: Long Island/Philadelphia

Current Gig:  Market Analyst Intern/ Full time Student

One word that describes how you work:  Quickly

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others? I use CA Communities to write about everything. Conferences I’ve attended, general experiences or thoughts about my time at CA or a topic within my area (Application Delivery) that I find interesting. My advice is, “When it doubt, write it out!” Don’t be afraid to use every feature of the communities to the fullest.

Mac or PC? I’m definitely a Mac person—I’ve got an ipad mini, an iphone 6 and a macbook! I don’t need much customization and I don’t do any coding, so I haven’t felt the need for a PC even though they are great and I use one at CA.
Mobile Device? iPhone 6, but not without issue--I’ve shattered 6 screens in 4 years!
Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? I can’t live without gmail/google chrome. Having my browser history and passwords synced through my email is a godsend.

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget is probably my portable amplifier for my guitar. It’s the size of a pack of gum. I can connect it to mp3 speakers, my headphones, or any Bluetooth speakers! It controls everything a regular amp would.
What’s your daily work space like? My cubicle is minimal, but accented with many neon post its. I also have a giant painting of a shark I made for the CA Technologies Hackathon in Islandia last summer!

How do you balance life/work?  I try to avoid procrastination as much as possible. I also set reminders for myself, even for simple things like emailing a professor, grocery shopping and inviting a friend to dinner. It helps me stay organized.

Best advice you can give and you have received? Best advice I’ve ever received is to trust yourself. If you can’t trust in your own capabilities, it’s hard to trust others. Trust is the basis of all relationships—with friends, coworkers and family.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? I can flip an egg to make it over easy without a spatula and without cracking the yolk.