“When I started my career, I made an explicit choice to get into tech. I always believed that technology is an equalizer and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, race or any other bias.”
Meet Trupthi VG, Senior Software Engineer at BYJU’S in the first edition of ‘Girls Who Code’. Our new series where women coders and developers at BYJU’S give us a glimpse into their journey in tech, why they love working in this domain and lessons learnt along the way. In a quick tête-à-tête, Trupthi shares what first sparked her interest in tech and why more and more women should consider a career in STEM.
When did you know that you wanted to work in tech?
As a child, I was always fascinated by the power of technology to solve everyday problems. When I completed my MTech in Computer Science from Bengaluru, I decided to apply this knowledge to teaching first-year college students. Soon this gig led me to programming, and I worked as an iOS developer for some time. Interestingly, this also was a turning point for me. I realised I wanted to do more with my expertise and solve real-world problems. This brought me to BYJU’S, where I get to use tech to empower better teaching and learning.
One thing about this role that excites you and encourages you?
What attracted me to this role was the opportunity to utilise my skill set to the fullest and ensure the best student experience. Moreover, I was fortunate enough to have the right mentorship, which gave me the confidence to advance in my career. I strongly believe that if you have all the skills and attributes to take on a role, it shouldn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman or what background you come from.
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I also feel it’s about time we stop seeing ourselves as women in tech and rather be leaders in tech.
One person in your life you turn to when you need some motivation?
For me, my role model has always been my mother and my grandmother. They both are resilient workers and pushed their children to pursue their dreams, no matter the challenges. Growing up, my mother always stressed on the value of education and the importance of being financially and economically independent. She remains a great source of encouragement to this day.
What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
No two individuals are the same. So, create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.
A challenge that you faced and how did you overcome it?
Balancing motherhood and work. I was on a maternity break before joining BYJU’S and never thought that any company would consider someone who’s on a break. But once I rejoined the workforce, I’ve learned that optimism coupled with a flexible work environment can help you strike a balance between family and work.
An advice you would give to younger women planning a career in tech?
Being in the tech space is about having courage in ourselves and others to go after unconventional ideas. I lacked this confidence when I first started working and missed out on opportunities. I would advise young women to be more confident, never doubt themselves, and make the best of every opportunity that comes their way.
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