Marissa: Tell us your story on how you got into technology?
Namrata: The clearest memory of me connecting to technology was when I was in my computer class in middle-school and we were being taught the Logo programming language. As a child, I obviously did not know what was actually happening to make the images form, but it made me feel ecstatic andI felt as if this was something I could do when I grow up. Afterwards, my school and college years had been interwoven with computers and by then, I was already deep in the woods.
Marissa: Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do?
Namrata: Technology is entwined with almost any sector that we might think of today, so yes, I knew that I would be working in technology in some way or another. I am glad that the turn of events in my life have put me at the very core of technology as this keeps me up-close to all of its developments and new innovations.
Marissa: How long have you been with Dataprise?
Lydia: I have been with Dataprise for almost 6 months.
Marissa: Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?
Namrata: I work as a Network Consultant at Dataprise. My typical day would consist of working with different clients on networking projects and troubleshooting issues that arise while finding solutions to fix and resolve these issues.
Marissa: What is one piece of advice you would give to young women looking to get into the technology field?
Namrata: My one piece of advice for women getting into the tech industry would be to constantly strive to learn new things. Technology changes so rapidly that what we know today might be completely irrelevant tomorrow. It is important to stay up to date with the current technological developments and try to use it to your advantage.
Marissa: What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?
Namrata: The thing that I wish I had known was to look for a mentor before starting out with similar interests as mine not just academically and professionally, but also whose ideological and ethical perspectives were in alignment to my own. I think this would have helped me get a clearer picture of what I would become if I continued on the same path as someone who had done this before. Following skill sets can only take you so far, but a vision about what you could become and the thought about what you’d do differently to achieve what you want makes all the difference.
Marissa: What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?
Namrata: I think compared to most of the other industries, women can enjoy almost the same perks as everyone else: be it higher pay, quality work and finding something that you’re passionate about. The tech industry is so dynamic and broad that it would be hard not to find something that you love. If you have the skills, you are entitled to the job same as any other gender!
Marissa: What is it that you enjoy most about your current job at Dataprise?
Namrata: PEOPLE!! I have met some of the most amazing people here. All of them are kind, eager to help and focus on how to have each other’s back. I think I can work anywhere and do the same job that I do here, but I find it very hard to believe that I would get such awesome co-workers!
Marissa: Where do you see yourself going from here?
Namrata: I see myself honing my skills and becoming more adept in cybersecurity along with my networking portfolio.