Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Steffy Theresa. See her interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I’m Steffy, working in L&T Infotech as software engineer in an ETRM project.
If you have an IT background, you would think ETRM is a Data Warehousing project, It is a term that attracted me and which actually stands for Energy Trading & Risk Management. I easily fell in love with the project because of its complex and challenging behavior, unlike my earlier projects which followed mundane procedure.
I fell in love with the project because of its challenging behavior.
The domain is so vast that as a technical consultant, I gradually realized that there is a lot to explore. Whatever you implement in this domain will be successful. My perspective changed beyond making quick decisions and implementing the solution. [I have reached] the state [where I] accept the complexity and give more time for the problem than the solution, since the impact is huge to the business.
2. Considering you’ve been a student most of your life, what were the differences you personally experienced when you were hired by L&T Infotech? How does your office life differ from your college life?
Great question indeed. I’m at the end of my student life. Next month, I will be a graduate in MSc. Computer Science and Applications and will be one among the 3% of the population with a Post Graduate degree.
Student life is like learning history and work life is like learning current affairs. In college, a smile means friendship. At work, it can mean many things. In college, a teacher is proud of the success of their student. On the other hand, in office your mentor thinks you are a challenge to their career growth, most of the time.
One of the best pieces of advice I got when I was a fresher was that [I shouldn’t] be close to anybody in IT. Success of a person is [attained] by climbing on others’ shoulders, and at end of the day, they are all your colleagues more than friends. However, I do agree there are exceptions.
3. What appeals to you about Computer Science? Do you think more women should get into the field of computer science, and why?
Computer Science is a branch of science which collaborates the most with all other domains in the most beautiful way. People working in the field of computer science have the most brilliant creations. It involves the maximum usage of brain to meet the expectations of business, end-users and the organization.
No, I would not prefer more women in this field because women are already doing too much multitasking. Most successful women in this field tend to sacrifice their health and [family time].
However, women who possess the talent [and are able to] balance work and family are always welcome in this field. At the end of the day, it is your satisfaction which will keep you happy.
4. If you could give students advice, what would be the three things you would say?
- Marks are not the measurement of your success or knowledge.
- Money should not be the key goal, because there will be a day you hate it.
- Follow your passion. You are the ultimate reason for your success or failure.
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