The Women of DevOps: Celine Haddad
The Women of DevOps: Celine Haddad, Developer Operations Engineer at Unity Technologies.
Today’s guest opted to do a text-only version of Women of DevOps, so I hope y’all have your reading glasses out :D Celine Haddad joins us from Unity - yes, *the* Unity - which is really cool in and of itself. But what’s even cooler is when you get to know her a bit and learn about her creative outlets! Celine is awesome, and I hope you’ll take the time to get to know her through this lovely short and sweet interview.
‘Til next time,
The Women of DevOps, Ep. 13
Rox: Hey everyone! Thank you all so much for joining us for another episode of Women of DevOps! Today, we’re joined by Celine Haddad of Unity. To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Celine: I was born and raised just south of Boston. Being Lebanese, I am fluent in Arabic and English. My parents encouraged me to play music during my childhood, where I learned flute and piano, and in the process, developed a love for music. I spent the majority of my 20s in New York City, studying music and web development at NYU, and working as a freelance web and graphic designer and audio engineer.
Rox: You’ve had a reeeeally interesting career progression. Content, graphic design, music, tech - clearly you’re fantastic at anything creative, so what led you to DevOps in the end?
Celine: I still get to do creative things often. I think writing a pipeline is pretty creative considering you design the workflow structure. I also like the problem-solving DevOps engineering requires. There are a lot of powerful tools out there. It’s been fun getting to use them.
My team actually provides frontend tools and services as well as backend, so I have been able to do a lot of frontend web application development and that’s been great. I’ve designed several graphics, and I have been working on the Unity documentation portal web apps, external and internal.
Rox: What’s your favorite part about working for Unity, and how did you end up there?
Celine: I think it’s definitely the culture and for sure my team. I met some amazing people who are fantastic devs/engineers. Also, the platform is super exciting and I align well with the company values. Unity’s purpose is to empower creators by providing the best tools possible. I love that.
I first joined Unity Vivox, our voice and text chat software, due to my audio engineering background. I landed in my current team in Unity Engineering Services doing fullstack development.
Rox: Favorite game built on Unity?
Celine: Ori and the Will of the Wisps… It’s so dreamy!
Rox: If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you change, if anything? What advice would you give your younger self, in regards to your career?
Celine: Believe in yourself and don’t apply so much pressure. I was fixated on the idea of making it in my early 20s because I felt it would be more impressive. Don’t get caught in an unhealthy cycle of setting unfair expectations on yourself.
I am trusting in my own timeline. As long as I stay focused, develop my skills, and continue to grow as a person, I will be proud of where I am.
Rox: What has your experience been like, as a woman in tech?
Celine: It’s been cool. I’m pretty lucky to be at Unity where inclusivity is preached. I have a really healthy work environment. Women are definitely still hard to come by, but less hard to come by at Unity, so that’s a start. I am comfortable around men and women, so as long as we are respectful to each other, I don’t have any complaints.
Rox: What’s one piece of advice you could give to men to help women feel welcome and comfortable going into tech?
Celine: Look through an unbiased lens in terms of our capabilities and don't treat us differently in terms of career progression.
Rox: Do you have any advice for other women looking to start a career in technology?
Celine: Don’t be intimidated and don’t doubt yourself. There are a lot of moving pieces with new languages constantly coming out and language libraries updating and evolving, which can feel overwhelming. Narrow your focus, pick one, and start there. There are tons of resources available online that you can use to pick up new skills to add to your resume. Put your head down, grind, and you will see results. Manifest positive energy.
Rox: What has it been like switching from working in an office to working remotely?
Celine: It’s been nice! I have so much more time. Most of my team members are located in different parts of the world, so we utilize Zoom or Slack huddle to collaborate anyway. We even have a team trip to France planned for this summer so that we can finally meet in person for the first time.
Rox: If you are not working, where can we find you/what are you doing?
Celine: Outside of work you can catch me watering my plants, playing music, busting a sweat at SolidCore classes, hanging with family, or learning French.