“We shouldn’t pigeonhole computer programmers into stereotypes,” says Grace, who is both a Google software engineer and a professional musician. Grace is a team leader who works with a crew of 19 engineers and product managers.
Who Is Grace Chung?
Grace is both a Google software engineer and a professional musician. She has performed in jazz clubs all around the world, from Hong Kong to Washington DC – wherever her coding job has taken her. “I fit music in between being a mum and my full-time role in technology,” she says.
What Is Computer Science to Grace?
Computer programming is often seen as dry and boring, but the reality is that it’s useful across a wide variety of careers and appeals to many different personalities. She sees it as a way to help and reach out to people. That's what Grace really loves about her job: creating things that help people. “Most days, I think about how the technology we use should be more straightforward, so people of all ages and abilities can find apps intuitive and useful,” she says.
What Is Grace's Job?
Grace is a Software Engineer for Google. As a team leader, Grace works with a crew of 19 engineers and product managers on projects like Google+, the social network and hub that brings together all of Google’s most popular products. Grace’s team is also improving Google My Business – an app that helps link companies with customers through their presence on things like Google Search and Google Maps.
How To Get There
To become a software engineer like Grace, you must study:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electrical Engineering
- Bachelor of Science – Mathematics
Grace studied at UNSW (University of New South Wales) in Australia.
"There is much more technology could be doing to help us lead better lives, be more effective at work and connect with communities – without pinning us to a screen."