Being Technical is an Art

During high school, I was naive about the tech world. I have used computers in the classroom laboratory for basic operations and have not owned one until the first year of my university program. The day I stopped by to the engineering college in my community got me into the tech world. The first day of my ‘C programming’ class was fun. I printed ‘Hello World’, performed the addition of two numbers, and felt like a top coder. I practiced coding every day and completed a five-year software engineering integrated course after practicing 100-500 lines of code every single month with a passion for making user interfaces look good and solve problems for the human race. I grew up with my encouraging brothers beside me most of the time and never felt any different while collaborating with new people. I am a big fan of Sci-Fi movies and was fascinated by the fact that technology could bring to the human race. I, along with my brother, started writing what we would want to change when we grow older. During Sunday sunsets those imaginative conversations paved a way to empathize and always thought about innovation and social services. Mentoring is something that fascinated me, and I was involved in tutoring underprivileged students. I had a lot to learn from their life, and my passion for giving back started there.

I was rejected in my first interview, and failure made me resilient, powerful, and strong. I dreamt of entering healthcare as I was annoyed by the process and paperwork we had during my mom’s critical surgery. This incident has toned me to strive for excellence at academics to reach my goals. Initially, I got into a financial company as a UI/UX consultant and got an opportunity to build applications for culturally different users. I traveled to Egypt with my team to work with clients, which marked my first flight experience. My team and mangers were supportive as I was in the Fresher timeline. The last day at my first company was my first experience having a product live and launched at the client site. I focused on shifting to the healthcare sector to pursue my passion and innovate to help healthcare providers and patients. I got into a renowned healthcare IT company that uncovered my potential to a different level. I received a few notes on my soft skills and technical skills that motivated me to inspire more people through public talks. I always wanted to brainstorm, design, and built something nice for humans. My ideas were welcomed in design competitions, which became an enabler for my next masters to learn more about humans and their perceptions.

I traveled to the USA from India to do my master’s in Human-Computer Interaction, and I am currently pursuing academics. My parents said, “We never thought you would be too technical. Go ahead, lead the way you want to,” and I want to make sure that I do it right. I listen to leaders’ talks and pick inspirations for my current work. While learning is an iterative process, I try to network with people and maximize the potential to learn in a given period. Fortunately, millions of people want to give back their learnings to curious people to bring healthy changes to the world. I hunt to connect with those to make the world a better place to live together. I have been given opportunities to work causes throughout my academics, featuring on low- and middle-income countries, minorities, depressed humans. Fieldwork and inspirational thoughts from my teachers have shaped me to build better experiences for humans in every single moment. I have been drawn to a digital product’s business side recently as the usage, satisfaction, customer/user experience is directly proportional to business growth. I enjoy understanding the multitude of fields that come together to make human lives better. Everybody thinks differently, and you may not know everything your coworkers talk about, but you will know something that the other person might not know. The difference is what makes a human unique — admiring differences in thoughts, battling between bias, unlimited eagerness to learn new things, and teamwork and unleash collaborative intelligence.

Yes, I have two masters. I explored computers in one and exploring humans in the other one. Being technical does not mean mastering a few languages. It’s about how technical or skilled you are at handling the complex challenges that life will throw at you. I have failed more than I succeeded. I have been disappointed more than I have been appreciated and honored. By the end, I firmly believe that you would need this base of failures to inspire someone through your success. The sense of satisfaction that you get after contributing to making a person smile gives immense pleasure to see through the lens of learning, and compassion. That said, my experiences have taught me to be technically different in terms of being a team player and humanizing technologies.

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