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souyma singh

Computer Science student, Durham University - and, soon-to-be Technology Analyst, Deutsche Bank

 

And - Course creator, Duolingo

Be proud of the unique skills you bring to the table, because that is what gives way to true diversity and inclusion.

What do you do?

As a Technology Analyst, you get to choose a couple of roles in technology you would like to explore such as Software Engineering, Data Science, Business Analysis, Tech Support, User Experience Design, Cybersecurity or a stint in their innovation lab, researching contemporary technologies, for the first year of your job and then pick a team to work on a long term project.

Why did you choose this field?

"My love for coding began in primary school."

My love for coding began when we were taught how to make the computer doodle shapes in LOGO which kept me quite hooked to our computer science classes. Over the years, we learnt a variety of stuff from websites to databases, and this was the only subject I never lost interest in, and this, coupled with the increasing popularity of technology in my home country India made it the obvious career choice for me.

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

"Things will not always work out, but that is okay."

Moving countries to study and excelling in my endeavours. As a kid, I have seen too many people being extremely risk-averse and never moving out of their comfort zones for the fear of failing in unfamiliar settings. However, over the years, having my own set of failures and successes and watching other people’s choices and the results, I have learnt that calculated risks can be life-changing experiences. Any failed decision, be it a choice of job or anything should teach you how to make wiser decisions and not to be ashamed of yourself. Had I not taken the leap of faith whether to move abroad to study or not, I might have had a great experience, but would have missed out on learning to see the world with its gaping differences as opposed to the socio-economic milieu I grew up in.

Why do you love working in STEM?

The omnipresence of STEM, its ability to make things accessible and the ever-growing potential it holds to revolutionise the key areas of our lives such as education, healthcare, finance and communication makes me proud that somewhere, I am contributing my mite in this colossal nexus to keep it running.

Best advice for the next generation

Having struggled with self-doubts about me not being ‘nerdy’ enough or too social to be a technologist, it took me a great deal of resilience and repeated success in my endeavours to not let anyone dictate how I should conform to the oft-projected stereotypes of technologists. Be proud of the unique skills you bring to the table, because that is what gives way to true diversity and inclusion. Don’t give up on hobbies that do not translate to technology skills and don’t let anyone mistake your excellent soft skills for lacking technical skills.

 

Make friends with people who have no close links to technology as a subject or field of work – while I would marvel at the technical grandiosities of a new tech tool, my friend studying humanities taught me to critically evaluate the impact it could have on the society, a skill which is absolutely necessary to deal with the challenges technology poses to the society today.

Fave website

Twitter – it gives a voice to everyone and the opportunity to tailor your experience as you like – unlike other platforms that may be strictly professional or personal.