Halimah Awan

Application Development Associate, Accenture

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Always speak up, ask questions and make yourself heard.

What do you do?

My current job role is to aid management in the final phase of a migration project. I help all teams - development, testing and release management. A typical working day for me consists of querying the database, creating functions and helping develop the system. Additionally, I also communicate with clients, third parties and vendors in order to manage the risks of the application and expectations.

Why did you choose this field?

My interest in technology stemmed from my interest in IT at school but also from my roots. My village in my motherland is restricted in terms of technology however, we started to build a hospital there and from here I really saw what technology could do, aside from the obvious. I understood I wanted to do something that would allow me to have an impact on today's world but also allow me to travel.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Working for a Fortune 500 company at the age of 18.

As someone who has always struggled with exams and has enjoyed learning but not in a standard classroom environment, I did not know if university was the right path and always wondered how I would get into the corporate world.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because it makes me feel empowered. Everyday I get to work alongside women who have become not only my friends, but also inspirations. I get to learn from them and then pass that knowledge onto other females in the industry, knowing that I've made a difference.

Best advice for next generation?

Always speak up, ask questions and make yourself heard.

STEM fields are male dominated however, if you speak up, ask questions and make yourself heard, you will build your network and become known through the industry.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

'Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.' - Muhammad Ali

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