Neekita Salvankar

Systems Analyst, Boehringer Ingelheim

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Don’t believe in stereotypes!

What do you do?

Basically, I design and develop solutions to impact lives of patients and Health Care Professionals

Why did you choose this field?

I have always loved analyzing problems to find the best solutions - that is one of the major reasons why I pursued Computer Science. As far as working for a pharmaceutical company is concerned, I love how I am able to create a positive impact in lives of common people through my solutions. Hence, I plan to work here as much as I can!

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

I guess it would be trying out different technologies without being afraid of failure. I always wanted to be well versed with a skill before taking up a project requiring it. At Boehringer Ingelheim, I realized how unnecessary this myth was! I have learnt so much after taking up a project that requires me to learn a new skill. Not only did I learn it, I also managed excelling and taking advanced training for them.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love how dynamic STEM is! There is no end to learning here and the impact you can create is huge! I wake up looking forward to my day where I would be challenged with a lot of common problems requiring technical solutions. It gives me a lot of professional satisfaction knowing that my work is creating a difference!

Best advice for next generation?

The first one would be - don’t believe in stereotypes! I’ve always heard about how boys are so much better in coding than girls and that is so not true - a lot of girls can be unbeatable in coding solutions they design. Second advice would be - don’t be afraid to try out new things. Challenge yourself as much as you can!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

1. ‘Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen’ - Conen O’Brien
2. ‘Hard work will always overcome natural talent when natural talent does not work hard enough’ - Sir Alex Ferguson

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