Vishnupriya began her Standard Chartered career as an intern back in May 2020, and is now a Software Engineer making valuable contributions to the Financial Markets function of the Bank. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Vishnupriya brings a diverse skill set to her work. Her commitment to using technology as a tool to drive sustainability makes her an example to her peers.
What do you love the most about your job?
One of the things that excites me about my job is the incredible flexibility it offers. I have the unique opportunity to explore both the worlds of finance and trading algorithms. It's like having the best of both worlds! This dynamic blend allows me to expand my knowledge and skills in both areas, giving me a deeper understanding of how technology and finance intersect and complement each other. This unique combination keeps me constantly engaged and motivated, and it opens up endless possibilities for growth and learning in my career.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far in your role?
One of the biggest challenges I faced when I started my job having a limited knowledge of finance. However, I've been fortunate to be part of an amazing team at Standard Chartered who has been incredibly supportive. They took the time to explain the logic behind our applications, helping me understand the financial aspect of my work. Their guidance and willingness to share their expertise have been priceless in helping me bridge the gap in my knowledge. With their support, I quickly grasped the intricacies of finance and became an effective contributor to our projects. It has been a rewarding experience to learn alongside such knowledgeable and supportive colleagues.
How would you describe the culture of your team?
The culture on my team at Standard Chartered is simply amazing. In my previous experience, I worked with a fully remote team, which limited our interactions. However, on this team, things are different. It's a highly cooperative environment where everyone supports one another. The Senior Developers have been incredibly patient and understanding, taking the time to guide me through the learning process. They have generously shared their knowledge and ensured that I grasp the ins and outs of our projects. The team's collaborative and inclusive approach creates a positive working environment where I feel valued and empowered as a female professional. I'm truly grateful to be part of a team that values cooperation and mentorship, allowing me to thrive and grow in my role.
Why did you choose a career in technology?
I've always been fascinated by problem-solving and the thrill of cracking puzzles. In college, I found myself drawn to aptitude questions and the challenge they presented. Becoming a developer allowed me to embrace that passion fully. Every day, I get to dive into complex problems, working my way through requirements and finding innovative solutions through coding. Technology is a constantly evolving field, and being a part of it means staying on the cutting edge, constantly learning and adapting. The joy of bringing ideas to life and making a tangible impact is what drives me. Choosing a career in technology has opened up a world of opportunities, and I couldn't be happier with my decision.
What advice would you give to young women looking to build a tech career?
I would encourage them to focus on mastering the basics. It's essential to have a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin the field of technology. I believe that sharing knowledge with others is invaluable. Teaching others has not only solidified my own understanding of technology but also helped me to foster a deeper grasp of the industry. Embrace the opportunity to learn from and teach others, as it can greatly enhance your growth in the tech industry.