From CS graduate to Cyber Security Engineer in a Year

Tell us about yourself

Hi! My name is Aditi Chaudhry and I’m a Cybersecurity Engineer at Capital One. Currently, I’m working on integrating an open source, dynamic vulnerability scanner into an internal portal that hosts our applications. I was so excited to be a DC FemTech award winner this year!

I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a double major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. My hobbies include painting and watching college basketball (Go Hoos!). I also just started a tech blog which has been really fun!

Tell us about your first tech job

I joined Capital One as a technology intern in the summer of 2014 and then started working full time as an associate in 2015 as a member of the Technology Development Program.

In the first year of the program, I worked as a software engineer on an agile team and developed enterprise APIs for the Marketing and Modernization platform. It was really fun and challenging at the same time and I got to learn a lot from really smart people!

How did you land the internship at Capital One?

I leveraged the resources provided by the University of Virginia’s Engineering Career Center to find the Capital One Tech Internship. I attended the University’s Engineering Career Fair where I met awesome representatives at the Capital One booth who encouraged me to apply.

To prepare for the interview, I used the resources provided by the recruiter as well as the book, “Cracking the Coding Interview,” to prepare for the technical portion of the interview.

You started out as a Software Developer after graduating from college, and quickly became a Senior Associate Cyber Security Engineer. How did you go about transitioning to the higher position?

Capital One has this great rotational program called the Technology Development Program which I entered after graduating from college. The program is set up so each associate spends a year in one role and then rotates to a different role. Through the program, I met and networked with many people to find out more about Cyber Security at Capital One.

This led to my rotation to the Application Security team! I was fortunate to be recognized for my hard-work in both roles as a software developer and a cyber security engineer, which allowed me to transition to a higher position.

Any advice when interviewing?

My advice for interviewing is to ask the recruiter what type of interview will be conducted. I had 3 interviews with Capital One to assess different aspects of my skills and how I work on a team.

From a behavioral interview perspective, I searched online for common behavioral interview questions and read up on the STAR method. For the technical side, I used the book “Cracking the Coding Interview,” which I HIGHLY recommend for any coding interview. I also prepared for a case scenario, so I searched again for practice problems with answers.  

What advice would you give to someone who is considering a career in tech?

The technology field is amazing!! Sometimes it will be hard and you will be faced with some type of adversity, but don’t be scared or intimidated.  You have the skills to overcome any challenge. Be confident and believe in yourself, believe in your brilliance and trust your intuition.


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