Sresthita Mukherjee

IT Engineer, Tata Consultancy Services

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Strive hard, keep your eyes open.

What do you do?

Leading a BigData project and trained a lot of people in peer group.

Why did you choose this field?

I was a born artist. My father always wanted me to become a professional artist when I grow up. After Secondary I had two choices in my hand, one, Art and two, Computer Science which has always fascinated me. Creating an art out of nowhere is as subtle and sublime as writing a program from scratch. Hence, without hesitation I chose both, earned a Master's in both Art and Computer Science. The people who motivated me were my parents and my childhood art teacher, who taught me to become self sufficient and self reliant. I want to grow more, learn more, contribute more as an individual, as a woman in STEM.

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

In my school days I used to think someday I will make my parents proud of myself. I think they are now, with their daughter having earned a leading role in a company of repute.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I am from a humble background where girls going for higher education was a dream in my earlier generations. I loved Science and Maths and Technology since childhood as they explain us the beauty of the nature. By studying subjects that dealt with these I could eventually satiate my hunger for knowledge and inculcate creative talent. I still look forward to earning a PhD soon and push the knowledge boundary a bit.

Best advice for next generation?

Belonging to a country where pursuing higher education is still a dream for many teenagers, one thing I can say is that you should strive hard, keep your eyes open, think that you can do, look out for options that come in your way to succeed in your life and whatever subject you deal with. STEM is a powerful domain. With the advancement in modern age it is necessary that each of us contribute to solving world's problems with the help of STEM. Who knows a Marie Curie is probably now thinking of quitting her studies and getting married to do household chores. "Don't stop until you reach your goal", as said by Swami Vivekananda is what is relevant for girls in STEM and going to welcome STEM in their lives.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking: Einstein

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