A BIS graduate, Marion Halim now works as a Software Engineer in one of the world’s largest social media companies. As he thrives contributing in the discipline of science, he reminds us of the importance of empathy, and how personal communication is always key to approaching daily challenges.
Guess how many hours a day a Facebook employee spends using the app? Read on to find out!
- Give us a brief description of your job as a Software Engineer.
I work on the fund-raising side of the Facebook app.
We build features that allow users to fundraise for nonprofits or other people in need. Besides coding, my responsibilities include mentoring other engineers and leading meetings to ensure everyone on the team is unblocked.
- What is the most interesting part of your job, and why?
I’ve always enjoyed solving problems and building things. With this specific team, I had the chance to visit St. Judes, a children’s hospital that treats and researches cancer.
- For personal use, how much time do you spend on Facebook daily?
Around one to two hours daily.
- What is the digital world’s future, five years from now?
People will be far more conscious of their online activity. On the tech side, we’ll probably see a wider adoption of self-driving cars.
- Which values did you learn at BIS that have helped your career?
Questioning your personal biases and empathizing with others’ viewpoints. This has allowed me to communicate and collaborate effectively with co-workers who may have different approaches to the same problem.
- What advice would you give younger kids who want to pursue a career in Information Technology?
Do not compare yourself to other people. You will encounter people who started before you, or who have more experience. That is fine. Focus on improving yourself.