"Discipline and pressure are two things I had to encounter and deal with daily," Young remembers. "From practices to games, there was always an intentional focus on being the best you could be on the court. This easily translated into other aspects of my life, including my career."
That career got off to a quick start. During her sophomore year, Young’s computer science professor asked if she would be interested in an internship. An interview at Lexmark led to a part-time job as a software tester. Upon graduating, she stepped right into the position of software engineer. She worked as a "team lead" for the scanner mechanism firmware team, transferring her leadership skills from the court to the office.
In 2010, Lexmark sent her on assignment to the Philippines, giving Young good work experience, and a new world perspective. "I built strong relationships while there that had a positive impact on getting work done when I returned to Lexington and had to interface with Cebu (Philippines)," she says. "It was a very humbling experience, and I am so glad I was given the chance to not only interact with fellow employees across the world, but to see another part of the world and appreciate its uniqueness."