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Will Moss '05

What is your current job?

I'm currently a software engineer at Airbnb.

Why did you choose this profession?

After graduating from Haverford with a degree in both computer science and physics, instead of pursuing my masters immediately, I wanted to give myself a break from classes to get some industry experience. I had always enjoyed working with computers (I even did some consulting work in High School) so I decided to apply the computer science half of my degree and interviewed at a number of software companies, ultimately landing at a financial software company called FactSet. While working at FactSet I developed a real enjoyment for working on larger software projects -- it still amazes me how quickly the work I do can positively impact millions of people. I've been working in software for eight years now, but more recently I have been working for smaller companies where I can have an even bigger impact on the product.

What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?

My biggest goal is to start a company in the next five to ten years. Where that takes me and how successful that is will likely determine the next steps in my career.

Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.

Moving to San Francisco. While it's hard being on the other side of the country from family and friends, SF has an unbelievable professional network focused around startups and technology. I've learned more and experienced more intellectual diversity working for startup companies than I ever expected, and that's given me the confidence to want to start my own company some day.

How has Haverford influenced your professional career?

Haverford taught me how to approach learning and problem solving. There is a constantly evolving landscape of programming languages, tools, and technologies that I can use to do my job. I credit Haverford with giving me the prowess not in any specific skill or technology, but rather in how to approach problems and be able to determine which tool best fits what I'm trying to solve.

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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