Get to know… Snehal Puri
Meet our QA Engineer, Snehal Puri. She’s been a core part of our Quality Assurance team for almost 2 years, ensuring that our products are developed and delivered to the highest quality.
What does a typical day in your job involve?
My day to day job involves raising concerns and issues about the product to the iOS, Android and Web developers and then checking the quality of the product before QA sign off and release. I take part in SCRUM meetings, document test scenarios and outcomes, and improve our processes. I’ve been a Test Engineer for a number of years now, but my first role was as a Process Analyst which eased me into the career I’m in today.
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 quickly the market grew and how technology was improving, how the products were more compact and yet there was more speed and better quality. We live in a society amongst the latest technology; it was something I couldn’t ignore.
Have you ever felt like being a woman in tech is a professional challenge?
I’ve never felt like there’s been a barrier for getting into tech. I’ve always been made to feel like a part of a team in all my roles. Skill level should prevail regardless of gender, and in my experience, companies recognise that.
I don’t think there’s a stereotype that a career in IT or technology is just for men, but within every industry, there are stereotypes which need to be addressed. I don’t think there’s a lack of women in tech, but I tend to see women in more senior roles than at a junior level. If anything, I think there’s an increase in women entering tech through apprenticeship schemes, which in the long run will likely see an increase of women in the IT and tech sectors.
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. I would advise any young women interested in tech to research which aspect of IT interests them; I feel like there is more information and opportunities available these days, which widens the horizon for everyone seeking a career in technology.
What’s your favourite social media feature?
There’s quite a few, but I'd say one of the top features is the way in which companies are creating platforms which are easy to use for people of all ages with great simplicity and ease.