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Women in Tech - Aalia Coovadia

May 31, 2021

Aalia Coovadia,

UX Designer

 

Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?

Since we are releasing a new product, a typical day would include talking with users who test our software in its trial phase or managing feedback from previous sessions. I have meetings with different parts of the team communicating with the product architect and the business analyst to understand our next move and meetings with the development team to discuss any designs they need more clarity on, their progress or limitations and how we manage them.


The second half of my day would include conceptualising and preparing designs for new features or improvements on the software. This is done through close contact with the product architect and the business analyst to ensure the product team is aligned and that designs are meeting requirements.

 

Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do? How did you decide?

I did not think I would be working in technology. I thought that I would be an art therapist or industrial psychologist. As I learned about user experience, I became fascinated with the career path. It was a combination of my two interests: understanding people and their behaviour and creativity.

 

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?

I don’t consciously consider myself as a ‘woman’ in the tech industry. I think of myself as being in this futuristic space where there is so much opportunity. This is a testament to my personal experiences and the privilege of having both parents educated who constantly instilled confidence in me to stand my ground and participate in opportunities around me.

 

What do you think we should be doing more of to encourage more girls to consider a career in tech?

It is humanistic to believe that dreams and opportunities are out of our reach. Developing confidence in children from a young age helps them value their abilities and strengths to move into industries they can see themselves in. In tech, I would say encouragement begins with awareness of the different fields within the industry. There are so many roles and career paths needed in the industry, each one as important as the next.

 

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?

Don’t let anyone undermine your reason for being in the field, taking a job, leaving a job or making an informed decision.

 

Top skills that anyone, who wants to work in Tech need?

Agility and good communication skills.

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