Q1. Hi Purnima, can you tell us a bit about what you do at Arkivum? What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m the only female Quality Analyst from Indian team at Arkivum. A typical day is always challenging and spinning. But, so far I never felt it really hard because of my awesome colleagues. Every day is an excitement for new learning at work and to meet all my colleagues with cheer.
Q2. What attracted you to the role at Arkivum?
Like every other professional I always had a dream to be in the pride position of whatever I do. The ultimate purpose of software testing is not to find bugs but to make the product qualitative. As a QA, I’m contributing in improvements of the product quality and that’s what makes me feel proud about my job.
Q3. Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do? How did you decide to go into it?
Of course, as an Engineer I certainly wanted to work in technology building space rather any other functional/support industry. Technology isn’t only about coming up with new ideas – it also involves figuring out how to make those ideas work and this is the exact thing what I do as a QA.
Q4. What’s the best part of being a woman in tech? And the worst?
I’m still an infant to answer this however, my view for this question is I feel the sky is the limit for a performing professional be it male/female. In the male dominated Tech industry I feel that I’m in the best space to prove female capabilities of innovation, product building and business understanding.
Q5. Any advice for women looking to work in the tech industry? Anything you wished you had known before you started?
It’s an exciting industry to work and look for a prosperous career.
Q6. How do you keep physically and mentally fit?
I’ve a habit of meditation for half an hour to one hour every morning which my father trained me in. This keeps me physically and mentally fit.
Q7. Who are your influencers?
My mother is my all time favourite influencer because she has been guiding me from my childhood and she still does. I haven’t met any other woman who can influence me like my mother yet.
Q8. How do you keep up to date with the fast paced Tech evolution?
It’s a fair question. As a techie, I try understanding the user requirements to keep myself updated with the technology and trends by following industry blogs, sometimes by listening to industry leaders and some relevant e-Newsletters.
Q9. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Always look out to the edge – that’s where the next wave of change is coming from.
Q10. What’s next for you?
I want to define my Leadership signature strengths.
Next week, I’ll be introducing you to Claire Sharp, our Office Manager.
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