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Went from working as a parlegal to developing FileMaker databases for automate “mundane” legal tasks.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How did you become interested in becoming a FileMaker developer?

  • Martha Zink

    Zink: I was a Religious Studies and Anthropology major at the University of Virginia, and I was working part time at a patent law office. The lawyer’s case management system was in FileMaker Pro. While his paralegal was on maternity leave, I took on some of her daily tasks and the lawyer noted the amount of manual work involved outside of his existing system. I was soon automating mundane tasks—and loving it. This came as a surprise, because I had previously taken an unrelated Computer Science class as part of my major at the university and, frankly, it felt meaningless and boring.

    When I graduated, I was struggling to find a job. The lawyer asked me if I had considered becoming a FileMaker developer. I hadn’t and he then laid out the benefits. I could own my own business and have my own clients—not to mention solve problems, which is something I love doing. He told me he would be my first client, and I was off and running. I started out with a few clients of my own, and then transitioned to a subcontractor and finally a full time employee. I’ve been with Soliant Consulting for a few years now!

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How did you learn FileMaker?

  • Martha Zink

    Zink: The lawyer taught me a lot, but then I learned through third-party resources. I hadn’t taken any formal training until I became a FileMaker trainer. The FileMaker community is so inspiring, helpful, and generous that if I post a question on a forum, I get answers and suggestions right away.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What do you like most about FileMaker and your career?

  • Martha Zink

    Zink: Nine times out of ten, FileMaker can solve virtually any business problem, without heavy coding, and in a variety of different ways. The other aspect is that I have never had to work in an office, and that’s a privilege. I report into the Soliant office in the Bay Area but live in Dallas, where my husband works. I’m excited because I’m about to have my first child at 29 years old and will have the flexibility to have time off to enjoy this awesome experience.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What types of solutions have you built during your career?

  • Martha Zink

    Zink: I’ve worked on everything from automating a trade show lead generation program using FileMaker Go for iPad to building procurement solutions for large companies that made them more efficient.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What advice would you give to others considering becoming FileMaker developers?

  • Martha Zink

    Zink: The biggest thing I would say is that it’s not about being a code monkey; instead, being a FileMaker Developer requires being a problem-solver and interacting firsthand with people to genuinely help them save time, money, and stress. I also mentor other up-and-coming FileMaker developers—and, to me, that’s equally rewarding.

As a FileMaker developer, I get to interact directly with people to help solve their problems.
- Martha Zink, Senior Application Developer, Soliant Consulting
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