In the first of a series of profiles giving you an insight into the lives of the CF:G Ones to Watch 2014, Miriam Keshani tells us about her journey into the world of tech, and why coding is important if you’d like to enter this world yourself.
Miriam is Chief Happiness Officer at Sparrho and is on track to fulfil her dream of becoming a Head of Product within the next few years.
You can find her on Twitter @MimiKeshani
How did you get into the tech world?
“I always thought I would be a research scientist, and that the door to the world of digital tech had already been closed because of the decisions I made at the age of 18. I thought all that computer stuff "wasn't for me". Going to Cambridge and joining the Cambridge University Technology Enterprise Club (CUTEC) opened my eyes to the exciting nature of life in a startup, and showed me that it was never too late to get involved. Since graduating, I completed an intensive programming course (Collective Academy) and have worked for a number of high growth startups. I have tried out various roles to understand where I could both be of the most value to a team and thoroughly enjoy my work.”
What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
A couple of weeks ago I did my first pitch at the London Student Enterprise Hub at IDEA London. Public speaking in front of a room full of strangers was a fantastic experience for me. However, what I am most proud of is meeting a young woman who was inspired by my speech. She explained that she too hadn’t realise she could make the jump into tech without a CompSci degree, and was encouraged by seeing someone with a similar experience as her already having a go. It helped me realise how important it is for young women already in tech to be as visible and accessible as possible.
What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
Study what you enjoy but make the most of the extra-curricular activities going at your university. There are some pretty inspirational students around doing amazing things that might open up a career path you hadn't thought of before. Also, if you are interested in the digital sector then start coding asap! You don't need to be a software engineer to work in the tech industry but an understanding of what is possible is important.
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