Emily received her CLSA certification at the age of 24 and has served as a consultant for srcLogic since graduating from university in 2017.
University of Maryland
What I’m Most Passionate About
Environmental justice and trying to live a near zero lifestyle
Puzzles, board games and baking sourdough bread
Let’s start off by learning a bit more about your life prior to Pega. Where are you from originally and what is your educational background?
I grew up in Vermont and attended the University of Maryland where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 2017. One of my friends from school started at srcLogic a year prior and encouraged me to apply. srcLogic has a new hire training program to develop both technical and functional skills that appealed to me. That’s when I was introduced to Pega for the first time.
What motivated you to learn how to use Pega?
It was through the srcLogic training program that I first began to use Pega. I became a Certified System Architect soon after joining srcLogic in 2017 and earned my CSSA after a few months on the job
My mentor, Alex Vargo, had earned his CLSA certification previously and encouraged me to go for it. There was a lot of unknown about what the Pega 8 version of the LSA would be and I wanted to go for the Pega 7 while I still could. I started seriously studying for the LSA in July 2019 and completed the build in December 2019. I received my results in February 2020.
"Pega has definitely increased the confidence I have in myself and my abilities, especially now that I’m a CLSA. Looking back on the experience of earning my CLSA, the application build was definitely the most challenging part of that entire process..”
How has Pega shaped or impacted your career?
It has definitely increased the confidence I have in myself and my abilities, especially now that I’m a CLSA. Looking back on the experience of earning my CLSA, the application build was definitely the most challenging part of that entire process. Most people I work with know how much I value a good night’s sleep and time away from problems I am working on – both things are not quite possible when completing an application build in 72 hours.
What message or advice would you give to anyone who is considering a career as a Pega Developer?
Make sure that you’re in it to learn, not just for the certification. I highly recommend it for people who like to solve problems in creative ways!