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Cathy Moya

Cathy Moya


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Cathy's work combines: Technology, Writing, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Program Manager

I help our customers to help us make better products.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Abraham Lincoln High

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

    University of California-Los Angeles

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Software Quality Assurance Analysts & Testers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder

Certification: Automation Engineer Technology/Technician

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I took a computer class my senior year '84. I loved it. I was good at it!

  • 2.

    But I didn't know I could major in it, not ME. So I studied theater. There were computers in theater.

  • 3.

    I got good with word processing to write plays and good with the computerized light board.

  • 4.

    I graduated and ended up as the office manager for an environmental group, where I taught myself DOS.

  • 5.

    I learned to use computerized spreadsheets to keep payroll. I learned how to write macros.

  • 6.

    I worked temp computer jobs. I could use any program, troubleshoot any PC issue.

  • 7.

    I started teaching computer apps, and learned how to network computers.

  • 8.

    I started teaching network administration and wrote courseware for networking technologies.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    Acting isn't a practical way to make a living. You'll starve!

  • How I responded:

    I'm glad no one stopped me from majoring in theater. I learned for myself that it wasn't something I wanted to do full-time after graduation, but I learned A LOT in my major - How to work with others to reach a common vision. How to design beautiful things. How to finish a project on time and on budget, despite constraints. How to tell a story. Art and Tech go together. I am better at tech because of my artistic training. And with my flexible job, I can still do amateur theater.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I read "Mindset" by Carol Dweck and realized I fear failure too much. Maybe I love computers so much because I'm not afraid of crashing them, but I'm so afraid in other parts of my life that I don't take risks. I'm trying to learn to accept failure.