Contributing Writer — Sandesh Kumar
Name – Sarita Devi
Profession – Team Lead at Wipro Technologies
Age – 25
Gender – Female
City – Bangalore
Industry – IT
- Every new development in IT industry should be known to an individual.
- The basic knowledge regarding the job/profession should be strong.
- Your workability is an affecting factor to your earning.
- Your loyalty towards your organization is required, while you work in IT industry.
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in Bhagalpur (Bihar), and brought up in Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). My father is a defense personal. My mother is a housewife. I have a younger brother, who is pursuing B. Tech from NIST.
I completed my bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph Women’s College, Visakhapatnam and masters from BITS (Hyderabad).
I started my career from Bangalore, went to Chennai for a while and then came back to Bangalore. Many of my friends are working in manufacturing industry spread across the country.
What is your family background?
My father is a good writer and works in Indian government as defense personnel. My mother is a key role player in our family. As my father was the sole earner, we were not rich but had enough.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
I was most influenced by my social teacher, T. Padmini. She was a true motivator. Her presence of mind, ability of control over emotions and her decision-making influenced me tremendously. She has been and will always be my inspiration.
Please give us a summary of your Career, Chronologically, including organizations names and your role / designation.
After I completed my intermediate, I joined St. Joseph Women’s College for B. Sc. After this, I joined Wipro Technologies, where I got into BITS Pilani on merit. I completed my master’s degree in the 2016 and also completed 5 years of service in Wipro. This practical experience of IT industry helped me in many ways. After completion of master’s degree, I was made Team Lead.
Which institutions are best for the education / training of this profession?
I think studying in BITS, IIT Madras is good because they have professors who excel in IT field, can impart knowledge to students with relation to present requirements in the IT industry. There are many other colleges like NIT Rourkela, NIT Warangal and few others.
What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?
Cost of education associated with master’s in computer sciences is 16 lakhs. Apart from this is takes about 3 lakhs for boarding and lodging.
What are the typically entry level jobs in this profession?
For the beginners, I recommend that you start your career with core software development work.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career and industry?
Describe your work? What you typically do on a normal work day? On an average, how many hours per day? On an average, how many days per week?
My work includes working on the project on-shore and off-shore depending on project. I have to manage my team and have to complete and submit the task before its deadline. I usually work for 8 hours daily, 5 days a week. At times the working hours get extended and is totally dependent on the type of project.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career / job? Please mention about income comparison with your friend. Also, talk about work-life balance.
In IT sector, we get to interact with like-minded people and therefore social life is great. Also, there is better job-security and the work culture is respectful and friendly.
In comparison, my friends who are working in manufacturing industry, usually have several work culture issues. I am paid better than my friends. I feel this job has made me capable of raising my living standard.
This profession is also good for mother/wife as I can maintain better work-life balance.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career / job?
IT industry is for those, who have genuine interest in technology, as technology changes rapidly. So, to stay relevant in the job, one has keep learning new technologies continuously.
One has to deal with several smart people, within Wipro and with customers. So, you have to have good communication skills and ability to handle situations to do well in this field.
What are relevant trends/skills /technologies that area currently commanding premium in your job profile?
In my opinion, automation, data base management and cryptography are high-end skills.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
A person can be happy here, if he/she can excel in an area which is in demand. And technology keeps changing. So, the only way to be continuously happy is to have the urge to keep learning new technologies. Only that kind of person can be happy in this career.
Give another choice, what would you do differently as a far as your professional selections are concerned? Would you peruse another profession or passion perhaps?
I think, if not IT, I would have tried for civil services.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
IT seems like an obvious choice to many. However, there is lot of frustration in the industry. So, think several times before joining. Because to be successful and happy, one must have real passion for technology.