Young Gun: VERSA web developer Jennifer Luong

5 September 2019

Our Young Gun profile takes a look at some of the young talent across the advertising, ad tech, marketing and media sector in Australia. It aims to shed light on the varying roles, people and companies across the buzzing industry.

Today we speak to VERSA web developer Jennifer Luong.

Time in current role/time at the company:
One year and one month.

How long have you been in the industry?
Eight years.

How did you get here? Was this always the plan?
Due to previous experiences, I was going to move away from agency life. But then I realised I would really miss being able to work on and with a variety of amazing projects and clients.

Who is your right hand person/who guides you day to day?
Honestly, it’s too difficult to select one person.

Everyone at VERSA is like family, and we always help each other out. Our CEO and MD, Kath and Jonny want to bring the best out of us. Guill, our tech director, encourages us to take risks and try new things. My development team is on a constant route to evolve and improve.

We also need more women in the dev. world. I love what ‘Code Like A Girl’ are doing to create more opportunities and challenge the norms for women in the industry.

What’s the best thing about the industry you work in?
I love that technology is always evolving. I started off my career doing web development, which I really enjoy,
but technology grows and with that the focus changes, allowing me to move on to more exciting, creative
technology beyond traditional web development.

And the biggest challenge?
Time. There are so many things to do, so many things to explore. But there’s just so little time.

Whose job have you set your sights on in the future?
A job where I can continue to bring together technology and creativity through a diverse range of means.

Where do you turn for inspiration?
The World Wide Web, anyone, anywhere, anytime.

My favourite advert is:
The old Oreo ad where the little boy tells his dog that chocolate isn’t good for dogs, but gives him his milk.
It’s memorable and cute, and I learnt that chocolate is bad for dogs!

Tell us one thing people at work don’t know about you?
I like eating some of my fruit sprinkled with salt and sometimes chilli (I grew up thinking that this was normal).

In five years' time I'll be:
I’ll have evolved my skills from being a web developer, and maybe I’ll be a creative technologist.

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