International Women’s Day 2021 – Introducing Sanhita Bagchi
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. A day to recognise the empowerment and achievements of women all over the world. Formally celebrated by the United Nations since 1977, the first instance of a recognised Women’s Day goes as far back as 1909.
The 2021 United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a Covid-19 World.” Given the past year and the challenges we have all faced, we wanted to recognise the powerful women who we are proud to work with at Ai-London.
To celebrate the women we work with who are making waves in the technology industry, we will be featuring each of them, in their words, every day this week.
Today we introduce to you Sanhita Bagchi, our Head of Testing.
Sanhita, can you tell us more about you and your background?
I’ve always known that I have a logical mind and thrive on the opportunities that are available for that in the world of electronics and computing. So I chose to study Electronics and Communication Engineering at North Bengal University in India. The early 90’s saw more and more people moving into this field, and in particular the world of IT. So when the time came for me to focus my studies, I knew this was the right fit, and that there would hopefully be a world of opportunity for me on completion of my Bachelor’s degree.
Across four years I studied the basics in programming and learned the essentials when it came to machines; how they worked, what went on inside them and how they communicated. When I received my degree, I knew I wanted to find a job that would further my learning and also give me some hands-on experience. I was proud to achieve a role with Cognizant. It was there that I had my first experience in a testing function. I received lots of training on various tools and programming languages and got to really make use of the skills I had learnt throughout my degree.
Two years later I received an opportunity to work for IBM in India, focussed on their Oracle Business Suite application. At first I was dealing with SQL queries, but quickly moved onto black box testing which was interesting for me, and allowed me to work on a number of different testing projects including ETL testing. This was an exciting time for both me and my career, as I got to work with lots of different clients and travel to their sites all over the world. These projects really enhanced my understanding of the world of business, as often client requirements were driven by their need to understand and analyse business intelligence.
What was it that led to you doing your current role?
I moved to the UK in 2014 and joined Ai-London shortly after. My role carries a lot of responsibility and requires me to ensure that what we deliver for our clients is always of the highest quality. I have learned a lot during my time here, as testing when you have a User Interface is a very different experience and my knowledge has grown so much. I am now working as part of a team to implement automation tools and this is something that gives me an interesting new challenge.
What is it you enjoy about your current role?
With the recent upheaval caused all over the world by the Covid-19 pandemic, I feel fortunate to be in a position that it has been possible for me to work from home. And Ai-London has a fantastic work-life balance so I am thankful that I am able to spend time with my family whilst continuing to thrive in my career.
What are your future goals and aspirations?
My goal is now to build upon my skills in test automation and continue to add value to the clients I am lucky to collaborate with.
Do you have any words of advice for someone considering a role like yours?
If someone asked me for advice because they are considering a similar career path I would have to say it is a great option for those who enjoy problem solving and learning new skills. Every day is different and there is always another opportunity to learn something new and take on the next challenge.
And finally, who really inspires you?
My Managers at Cognizant really supported and motivated me, and to this day I still draw upon them as a source of inspiration. They taught me that to do well in my role, I needed to understand both the technical side of what I was delivering and the business requirements, specifically what the client wanted. This has always stuck with me throughout my career so far and helped me to be where I am today.
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