Member of the Band – Gorilla Caro Aguilar

Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today!

Caro Aguilar

Since her graduation from Tecnológico de Costa Rica in 2013, Caro has been involved in Mobile App Development. While at Tecnológico, she was part of a research group of students called GoTouch, who developed educational apps. That experience, along with an internship and years in the field made Caro fall in love with mobile dev. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, playing Steam games, biking, climbing, hiking, and yoga.

Where’s your hometown?Cartago, Costa Rica

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?Giethoorn, a beautiful village located in The Netherlands.

How many years have you worked in your field?3 years. I started college in 2010, graduated, and started working on 2013.

How do you spend your free time? – Hacking, learning new things, traveling, mountain biking, watching movies and TV shows, and playing some games on my computer.

Who are the biggest cheerleaders in your life?My parents, my brother and my boyfriend. They have always been there for me!

What was one of the most rewarding leadership positions you have had?I’m a Technical Mentor in a Costa Rican NGO program called MenTe (MenTe stands for “Mujeres En Tecnología” which means women in tech), where I teach girls programming and guide them through a 12 week program to build a mobile app. It’s really nice to talk them about my career, my projects and tell them they shouldn’t be afraid to study programming, engineering or whatever they really want. The most rewarding impact/experience I have had is watching the girls I mentor decide to study a STEM career or the career they want, despite criticism. Someone once told them “You can’t study that career, its for men”, “That’s a hard career, why don’t you study something else?”, “You can’t do it”. I love knowing that they have the determination to pursue their dreams and block out negative opinions.

Best advice when heading into an interview?When in a technical interview, never be afraid to say with honesty “I don’t know.” If you say “I don’t know, but I can try” and try, then that shows that you are not afraid of learning new things and solving problems. Also, if you tried and weren’t able to figure it out, no worries. It was a good learning experience for you. 

What motivated you to pursue working in your current field?Since I was a child, I remember using my mom’s old PC that she had for her secretarial job. My parents let me use it, open it and take out the hard drive and other components, all because I was curious. I remember wondering how programs work and how everything was made. Since I was a child, I remember saying “I want to study Computer Engineering.” I’ll always thank my parents for letting me work with my mom’s computer and not being afraid if something happened to it. At that time we didn’t have resources to learn programming like we have now. That’s why I motivate others to go after that curiosity.

What qualities make someone successful in the tech world? – Being proactive and having the courage to learn. The tech world moves so fast. Something new comes out every day, and you have to be up to date with new technologies and in line with the market needs.

Stay in touch with Caro on LinkedInTwitter and GitHub

Sophia Parnell

Sophia was born and raised in Denver, attending Denver School of the Arts (DSA), ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in Colorado. While at DSA, she was a member of the speech and debate team, vocal jazz ensemble and various all school musicals. This fall, she will begin the second year of her undergraduate career at Santa Clara University (SCU), where she is currently pursuing a double major in Marketing and Music. At SCU, she is involved in two choirs, as well as Igwebuike, the black student union.

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