An Update of What I’ve Been Up To

It has been quite a while since I updated this blog with actual words that weren’t just academic work I was trying to either archive or flaunt a little.

In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been working sporadically on various creative projects. One of them being a logo design for a local cupcake producer called Cloud Cupcakes run by a very creative baker! Take a peek at it here.

I don’t specialize in logos or identity design, but I enjoy taking on challenging projects like this when I get the opportunity. If you need any illustrations (large or small) or any type of graphic work, please take a moment to review my work and don’t hesitate to contact me.

You can visit Cloud Cupcakes if you’d like to order a few tasty treats.

Education Update

In other news, I finally completed my degree this summer and I will be convocating (digitally, unfortunately—thanks, Corona) this week. It took me a little longer than expected, but I earned B.A in Economics from Simon Fraser University. I already had an A.A. from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, but it was my ambition to reach Baccalaureate level. I can’t thank my partner and friends enough as I would not have been able to do it without their constant support and encouragement through my bouts of self-doubt and generalized anxiety.

What I’ve learned is that support systems are key in anyone’s success and I highly encourage anyone who feels like they aren’t being empowered (morally, spiritually) to keep seeking those who do. It’s just not enough to have material support, especially if it’s coming from those who continually hang it over you in an attempt to aggrandize themselves.

Career Update

I also got hired before the semester was over, and have been working as a business analyst for the last four months.

Without going in too much detail, I deal with the global gas and energy trading industry, with a focus now on Eastern U.S. energy markets. It’s quite a challenging position as I am mostly working from home, which means I am always trying to learn new skills at a distance. I feel like the position is morphing into product management in some ways.

Nonetheless, what an amazing experience it has been so far! Management is extremely supportive and continually encourages me to seek greater roles and functions within the company. This is something I was totally not used to in my prior roles at various companies. I’m constantly learning new things, and if you know me, you know that’s a situation I’ve always sought out. In the last few months, I’ve learned a ton about development, especially with Python. I’ve also learned how an Azure infrastructure is created, implemented, and managed in the cloud. I’ve learned how to work with data (both pandas and SQL).

It’s just been a barrage of useful, translatable, skills and I am just hoping I can continue to learn more in the coming months and years.

Okay, enough tooting my own horn. I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe in this pandemic.

Feel free to reach out if there’s anything I can help you with!

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