Aileen Cacayorin

How did you get to gap intelligence?

I moved to San Diego after completing a coding bootcamp up in Portland, OR. I was looking for an opportunity that would help me bridge the gap (pun intended) between bootcamp grad and web developer. In my search, I chanced upon gap intelligence’s listing for a frontend developer intern and it sounded exactly like the opportunity I was looking for. I must’ve done something right during the internship because it turned into a job offer and I am very excited to officially be a full-time gapper!

What values leads you and why?

The values that guide me most are integrity, growth, and willingness. Of those, willingness would be the most important. Having an open mind, saying yes to things, and being willing to push myself out of my comfort zone has always led to meaningful experiences and adventures.


Aileen hikes in the Philippines

What skills are you bringing to gap and what skills are you excited to learn?

I communicate well, I’m highly adaptable, and I have a good foundation in web development skills that include HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails. As a junior developer, I am really excited to continue improving my programming skills at both ends of the stack. All the developers on our team are really talented and not a day goes by without learning something new from them.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be, why, and what would you do with it?

I think it would be really useful to have the power of persuasion. I don't enjoy arguing my point so it would be great if I could just say things and people would agree or acquiesce. Instead of fighting, I could simply talk would-be evildoers out of going through with their nefarious plans!

What’s the quirkiest thing about you that you’re willing to admit?

I absolutely love The Legend of Zelda franchise! I have a  Legend of Zelda special edition 3DS, a copy of Hyrule Historia, and I went to the Symphony of the Goddesses when it rolled through town. I’m not a gamer, but I’ve put an embarrassing amount of hours into its most recent title, Breath of the Wild. In fact, I plan to go and beat another dungeon as soon as I’m done with this blog post.

Aileen with a Legend of Zelda sign.

What’s your favorite thing to do in San Diego and why?

I’m still relatively new to San Diego but so far I've enjoyed trying out different coffee shops in the area. I consider any day that starts with a well-crafted pour over a good day. It's impossible to live in Portland without becoming a coffee snob and I was really relieved to find out that San Diego has an abundance of fantastic coffee options. 

What was the last gift you gave someone?

I bought my boyfriend a 10oz Yeti Rambler for his birthday so that he can slowly savor his morning coffee without it losing its temperature.  Fortunately for me, he's not into big extravagant presents so I wanted to get him something functional that he would use everyday. He seems pretty happy with it so far.