This artist’s medium is computer science: “I love coding because it’s creating.”

Our new series “Inside Intel Germany” spotlights amazing employees and the unique ways they discovered their passions and grew as professionals here. Meet Cindy Pritami Putri and learn about her experience launching a career (and creative outlet) within our Intel Architecture, Graphics and Software Group.

Cindy’s path to Intel started while she was still a student studying business and computer science at the Technical University Ingolstadt in Germany. In August 2018, she interned with our Verification and Test Automation team in Nuremberg before joining us full-time after graduation as a software development engineer at our campus in Munich.

As a UI developer on the trace and debug team, Cindy supports debugging and new feature development, and she codes primarily in Java. What does that mean in laymen’s terms? “I make sure everything looks really nice and is functional for the user.”

We recently spoke with Cindy about what drew her to coding and why she thinks everyone should give it a chance.

On your LinkedIn profile you write that you love to sit down with a cup of tea and just code. How does this passion manifest itself in your position at Intel?
I really like being here. It’s so flexible. We can work from home or from anywhere we want. We are very flexible with time. You can come in the afternoon and work until late at night, if you prefer. You also get free tea and free coffee, so you are set for the day. Usually my routine is to get a cup of tea, listen to some music, put on some comfortable slippers, and start coding.

What do you like about working at Intel Germany?
First and foremost, my team. I feel that my teammates are not just colleagues, we are friends. We do a lot of team events. Last month, we were all invited to a BBQ at my colleague’s house. We also frequently play board games or go out for dinner together. That’s what I like a lot about working here. It is important to have a great team.

We also do a lot of volunteering together as a team. Recently, we cooked a meal for parents whose children have cancer at a local charity. I cooked some Indonesian food. It was quite difficult to see their situation, and it felt good to make something nice for them.

It’s amazing that you found a job you truly enjoy. How did you get into coding in the first place?
I was quite lucky to be introduced to programming in school. We were offered courses on HTML and Excel. At first, I didn’t think that I would get into coding that much. I was more interested in people, and I applied to study international business. Something went wrong with my registration, but the school told me there was one empty seat in business informatics. I took it, and I loved it!

I love coding because it’s creating something. Something that doesn’t exist yet. And then you write it, and you see it. Just like every artist.

Do you have any advice for people who are interested in coding but are worried it might not be for them?
Coding is in everyone. It starts with curiosity; when you are curious and you have the desire to create something. Coding is just a medium to transfer something from your mind to something real. It’s not about what you have done in the past or what your knowledge is. I believe that everybody can do it.

What would you tell someone who thinks about joining Intel?
Nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it. I know many people say that it is difficult to get a job at Intel. However, if you try your best and show your capabilities, Intel will see it. So, believe in yourself. Dream high and do it!

Inspired by Cindy’s story? Explore opportunities to launch your career with us on our Intel Germany Careers Page.