Meet Apple Villanueva, Senior NetSuite Developer!
- When I was younger, I was a math whiz and competed in regional and national competitions. Sadly, I lost all my math skills and now need to rely on a calculator for everything!
- My husband and I moved to Toronto in 2016 and shortly after our move, we had our son named Archer. Everyone’s name in my family starts with an A – Andrew, Apple, and Archer.
- I lived and worked in Japan for 3 years. I’m also proficient in Japanese.
What do you do at Plative?
I’m a Senior NetSuite Developer. As a senior developer, I work with clients and internal team members to design, configure, implement, and deploy solutions after thoroughly analyzing and understanding the client’s business requirements.
How did you become a NetSuite Developer?
After having worked with various software technologies, I knew I wanted to be more specialized. So when I returned to the Philippines after working in Japan, I joined NetSuite Phils and focused solely on Netsuite, as at that time NetSuite was looking for a developer that could support their Japanese clients.
Can you tell us more about your experience being a female in the professional world?
I grew up in the Philippines, so the Philippines culture and values were instilled in me ever since I was a child. As a social norm, the Philippines follows a matriarchal system which means that women are empowered to make decisions in the household and have control over their future and career. Women are encouraged at a young age to be ambitious and excel in everything that they do. In the professional world, it’s very common to see female managers and leaders so when I was working at different companies throughout my career in the Philippines, I had access to a great network of strong female leaders. My first time experiencing gender gaps in the workplace was when I moved and worked in Japan. Japan is a patriarchal society so women are expected to do administrative responsibilities on top of their day-to-day work. For example, after a client meeting, it was expected for me to clean up after the guests and clean up the meeting room. I was also shocked to learn that I was earning significantly less than my male counterparts who had the same years of experience and held the same responsibilities. Working in Japan made me realize that gender inequality exists in the workplace and needs improvements.
What are some of your favorite places to travel to?
There are two places I love traveling to:
- Tokyo: I love how clean and beautiful the city of Tokyo is. It has an amazing transportation system where you can easily book a trip to the mountains or beach so you get the best of both worlds – city and nature. Also, I love how rich the history is in Japan and love how the Japanese culture is focused on respecting nature and the planet.
- Boracay: Boracay is in the Philippines and is widely known for its beautiful white-sand beaches. It is one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy time with the family. Luckily, I had a family reunion trip in Boracay a few years ago to celebrate my son’s first birthday.
What would you do if you didn’t choose your career path?
- If I wasn’t a developer, I would have most likely become a professor or researcher in mathematics. Many of my friends are in academia so I most likely would have followed their paths.
What is your most unusual or hidden talent?
- I am able to sleep with my eyes open. I’ve been caught a few times and that’s how I found out about my unusual talent. The first incident was in highschool. A few of my classmates thought I was awake and kept trying to hold a conversation with me but I did not respond to any of their questions. My classmates quickly realized that I was asleep with my eyes open and caused a commotion in the classroom. I eventually had to apologize to the teacher and my classmates!
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