What do you do?
Work on the service design architecture, backend business logic for Microsoft Intune
Why did you choose this field?
I was brought up in a lower middle class family where my parents could not afford
my education from a private school and I studied in a government school in Delhi where students did not have desks to sit on, and we used to sit on mats, there was no cemented building but a teen shade, in short it was a struggle everyday to study in that environment. I started learning English when I was in 6th grade. But I wanted to do something and education & knowledge were the only way available to me. I studied hard and was state rank 1 in 2007 for CBSE Board 10th Std examination. There was a void in me that I never found a mentor who could guide me about various career opportunities. That’s why I have decided to start learning and duding to my juniors. I am the first engineer in my family where no one has studied beyond high school prior to me. I believe in mentoring and guiding women about the opportunities out there in the tech. One of the example is when I decided to speak about career in Data Engineering last year. Here is the video link
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I wish I would have found a mentor in technology field. I wish I could have more confidence to network with people in tech field and knew about various organizations which support women in tech.
Why do you love working in STEM?
Impacting Lives. I closely work on the product Microsoft Teams and I am extremely passionate about working on it because I know this is one of platform which is connecting students with their teachers and mentors across the globe. People are not limited by their geographical location, their race, their financial status or their physical disabilities if they crave for knowledge, technology has bridged all these gaps.
Best advice for next generation?
Be confident and crave for more.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.”