As a member who has gone through Rung’s program and is now a part of our Member Success Network, Briston is earning more money than ever while realizing her dreams of being a software and quality engineer at Accenture Federal Services, a role she was destined for. From walking into Rung with no coding experience to where she is today, Briston is poised for even more greatness and shares her story.
How did you first learn about Rung for Women?
I first learned about Rung for Women while I was browsing through Instagram and saw an ad about the organization.
What made you want to become a member?
Going to Rung’s website and reading about the mission and vision of the organization inspired me to want to learn more and ultimately become a Rung member.
What did you find most rewarding about your Rung member experience?
What I found to be the most rewarding about my experience as a Rung member was the tremendous support that I received from Rung’s team. Sometimes when you’re in survival mode it’s easy to forget that your voice matters. Because of the support and guidance that I received from Rung, I now fully understand that my voice and the skills that I have to offer not only matter but they have a place in this world. It matters to know that people care about you.
How has Rung helped you with your career goals?
Rung helped me discover my passion for software development. Rung connected me with the educational resources that I needed to build the technical skills that were necessary to secure the career that I have now.
What career were you in before you became a Rung member? How has your life changed?
Before I became a Rung member I was working as the Director of the nonprofit organization that I founded. I was very new to the role, and I was seeking out training to become a more effective leader for my organization. But I also had an app idea for my organization and that is where Rung changed the course of my life. I had no coding experience when I came to Rung, but thankfully the Rung team helped me find the educational resources that I needed within the field of software development. Today, I continue to serve in my role as the Director of my nonprofit organization, and I am also a software and quality engineer at Accenture Federal Services.
Are you making more money now than you were previously? If so, are you able to share the amount?
Today, I am making more money than I’ve ever made in my entire adult life. I am a salaried employee with benefits for myself and my children. There was a time when I really didn’t think I would ever have those things in place. Rung helped me with turning my dreams into my current reality.
What would you say to a woman who wants to join Rung as a member?
I would say, “Yes! Please do it! And when you do it, cherish the moments and trust the process. It’s all worth it!”
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years, I see myself as a senior developer, continuing to leverage the power of technology to change lives.
How is Rung continuing to help you with your professional goals? (MSN)
One of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou, and it says, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” I have learned so much since becoming a member of Rung and through that learning, I’ve been empowered in ways that I didn’t even know existed. As an MSN member, I am getting the chance to use all I’ve learned to empower other women who are at the beginning of their Rung experiences, just like I was not so long ago. Rung is continuing to help me with my professional goals by providing me with the opportunity to teach others, which encourages me to continue learning and growing in my field.