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Connectt Ltd – Snehal Puri, Senior QA Engineer

We interviewed Snehal Puri, Senior QA Engineer at Connectt Ltd on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.

Snehal

  1. What does your job role involve?

My day to day job involves speaking to the iOS, Android and Web developers, raising concerns and issues, checking the quality of the product before QA sign off and release, BAU, taking part in SCRUM meetings, documenting test scenarios and outcomes, improving processes.

 

  1. What made you choose a career in technology?

I’ve always had an interest in technology, whether it be computers or the latest gadgets. Growing up, my parents always bought us the latest products in the market. It was amazing to see how technology was improving, how the products were more compact yet there was more speed, better quality and how quickly the market had grown.

We live in a society amongst the latest technology, it was something I couldn’t ignore.

 

  1. Did you study an IT or technology related subject at A-Level or University?

I studied IT for GCSE and A Level. However, I’m not sure the curriculum back then was useful for today’s day and age.

 

  1. Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?

I’ve been a Test Engineer for a number of years now, so this isn’t my first role in technology. My first role was a Process Analyst which eased me into the career I’m in today.

 

  1. Do you think there is a lack of females in the IT and tech sector?

Yes and No. I tend to see ,and experience women in more senior roles than at junior level. If anything, I think there’s an increase in women entering Tech in Apprenticeship schemes which in the long run may see an increase of women in the IT and Tech Sectors.

 

  1. Do you find there is a stereotype that a career in IT or technology is just for men?

No, but within every industry there are stereotypes which need to be addressed.

 

  1. What would entice women to study technology related courses?

I would advise them to research which aspect of IT interests them. I do feel like there’s more information and opportunities available these days which widens the horizon to everyone seeking a career in technology.

 

  1. Are there barriers when it comes to women getting into tech?

No, I’ve never felt like there’s been a barrier for me. I’ve always been made to feel like a part of a team (even if I’m the only female in the team). Skill level should prevail regardless of gender.

 

  1. How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?

Greater development in what we do and how we do it. Investment in initiatives and schemes with Government agencies, universities and colleges. Encouraging girls/women from a young age, making sure they know it’s an exciting subject with so much to learn and develop in.