Built on Air - Season 3, Episode 8
I was invited to Built on Air to showcase an Airtable base created to calculate student assessment scores; and explain how I get data in the right spots.
Welcome to BuiltOnAir, a podcast and video series about all things Airtable. Each episode, we talk with someone active in the Airtable community to discuss their experiences and showcase an interesting way they’ve used Airtable in their work.
In this episode, I speak with Melanie Magdalena: scientist, creator, web-designer, developer, and self-proclaimed unicorn. Melanie works with nonprofits and entrepreneurs to simplify their workflows using no code solutions. After kicking off her career in archaeology, life took her in a different direction and she started using her technological knowledge to build platforms to help her day-to-day work life.
In today’s episode, Melanie showcases a base she created to calculate the scores of student assessments; and details an extremely creative way to get the data she needs in the right spots.
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Reflecting on My Podcast Experience
I had the incredible opportunity to be featured on the "Built on Air Podcast." It was a chance to share my unique journey from the world of archaeology to the cutting-edge of technology. This transition has been a pivotal part of my life, highlighting the limitless potential when we dare to pivot our careers.
My Unconventional Career Path
My journey has been anything but ordinary. Starting in archaeology, I found myself increasingly drawn to the digital realm. My shift to freelance web design and development marked a significant chapter in my life. It underscored the importance of adapting and evolving professionally.
The Airtable Revelation
Discovering Airtable was a game-changer for me. It revolutionized how I managed and automated my projects. This tool didn't just help me organize my work; it redefined my entire workflow, bringing a new level of efficiency and creativity to my endeavors.
Projects and Innovations
My work has ranged from developing an open science platform to integrating dynamic content on Twitch. Each project was a new adventure in problem-solving.
Navigating Challenges in Airtable
Working with Airtable hasn't been without its challenges. From managing long texts to handling intricate subtasks, I've navigated various hurdles. These experiences have given me insights into how Airtable could be enhanced, like incorporating markdown support and nested records.
Equestrian Assessment Tracker: A Deep Dive
One of my standout projects involved developing an assessment tracker for an equestrian course provider. This case study was a deep dive into the complexities of data migration, automation, and data display in Airtable. It was a testament to the versatility and power of this tool.
Reflecting on my journey, the shift from archaeology to technology has been more than a career change. It's been about embracing technology and no-code solutions for creative problem-solving. This path has shown me the importance of viewing technology not just as a tool, but as a canvas for innovation.
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