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Posted March 7, 2023

Meet the Fellows: Esther Cotton

We’re excited that Sauce Labs new fellowship program is in full swing. Over the next several weeks, we will continue to introduce you to the five fellows who are working hard to improve and open source Elemental Selenium.


This week, we heard from Esther Cotton about her experience!

I've always loved tech, but hesitated to turn my love for tech into a career. After my office closed during the pandemic, I decided it was time to do something scary and push past imposter syndrome, and dive into the tech industry.

I completed a beginner-friendly web development bootcamp through SheCodes, and then went on to complete both a cybersecurity bootcamp and cloud computing bootcamp through Generation USA. I also started attending virtual tech conferences and job fairs, especially ones focused in DEI and inclusivity in tech. It was during one of these conferences that I heard about the Sauce Labs fellowship program, and considered applying.

I was so nervous, and imposter syndrome reared its ugly head, and I almost talked myself out of applying for the fellowship program, unsure if I would really fit in with the program, or if I actually had anything to offer to it. I felt as though I didn't have enough professional tech experience, but I convinced myself to apply anyway. The worst that could happen was that I wouldn't be accepted, but at least I would have tried.

I was so excited and surprised when Paloma informed me that I had been accepted into the fellowship! To be a part of this program, being able to both learn and work, and have access to mentors and a great team of supportive fellowship members has been such an amazing experience. I'm excited for all the personal and professional growth to come.

Esther Cotton
Sauce Labs Fellow
Mar 7, 2023
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