Amber Sorensen
Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Job Title
Front End Engineer, MMSG
Lambda Class
Full Stack Web
Amber

“I'm a single mom of three kids. My original career path was massage therapy. I was a stay-at-home mom when I was accepted into Lambda, but my massage career was established before kids. I had a clientele and worked for a university on the women's sports teams. I knew to go back with three small kids, the flexibility wasn't there. 

When I started Lambda my kids were seven, four, and one. The stability, the flexibility that you need when you have kids, it was kind of a dream scenario. There were a lot of nights I would have my baby in my lap during lecture or I would sit and code projects along with my kids. If you want it bad enough, you just make it work.

Lambda is different from a university, but it's not going to be handed to you. You have to work for it. You're going to break your brain on concepts. Be willing to put in the time. It does work out, but you have to be willing to give up certain ideas about education.

I’m a front-end engineer for MMSG, but I also manage the team of software engineers. My kids think I have a really awesome job. They tell their friends that their mom builds the internet.

"Massage therapy was hourly. Working from home would not have worked, and during the pandemic, I would have had no income. And with this software engineering role, I get to work from home and I'm salaried. I don't have to worry about how I'm paying rent next month. That's huge.”

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