What do you do?
I am coder who develops user-friendly web applications which make people's lives easier and more organized. As a software developer I have been involved with phases of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) including requirement analysis, database design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance. My daily task mostly involves hands-on coding.
Why did you choose this field?
From primary schooling itself, we had computer periods in my school "Sarawati Vidyalaya, High school & Jr. College of Science". I used to enjoy those. Using a computer fascinated me. I used to(and I still do) like the sound of typing on the keyboard.
Also in my 7th standard, while having random discussions with class teacher Reena John, she mentioned that she thought I will probably pursue career in Information technology(IT). At that time I didn't even know the full form of IT.
I am proud and grateful to be a Sarasvi(Student of Sarawati Vidyalaya) being surrounded with creative peers and supportive teachers.
Little did I know, an object of mere fascination would lead me to my career later on.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
You have the capability to read and understand what's written in those humongous engineering books ;)
You have what it takes to be a coder. You can develop web applications and android apps. You have people skills.
Why do you love working in STEM?
We are living in digital age. Technology surrounds us today like never before. I like being a part of STEM, making human life easier and more efficient.
Best advice for next generation?
You are capable of doing it. Go give it a try.
While doing something unknown, initially everyone is surrounded with fear, it's only when you face your fear it turns into an achievement.
With a bit of belief in yourself and continuous learning , you can sustain working in STEM.
Also build your network along the way, it will help you.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” - Zig Ziglar