At the young age of 29, Purnima Wijendra is no alien to the limelight of success in the IT-sphere. Winning 2 prestigious accolades as Kotex’s 100 most influential women in Malaysia and Prestige Magazine’s 40 under 40 for Malaysia, Purnima is focused on her mission to help develop IT female professionals and to help women succeed in IT.
Her passion for educating women in IT has led her to co-found 2 schools (Techsprint Academy and the Kuala Lumpur School of Artificial Intelligence). These schools are dedicated to the development of IT skills for women.
Joining AYP Group in January, Purry, as she’s affectionately known shares her recipes of success and what it takes for a woman to succeed in IT.
What are the keys to success for women who would like to succeed in IT?
Developing one’s self in the IT industry is a tough but ultimately rewarding journey for those who are able to see it through. I’ve learned that it is important to let your work speak for itself. To succeed as a woman in IT, the best way to do that is to put in the hours and extra work required to succeed. Dedication and hard work are the key pillars for women who want to succeed in IT.
As the results of my work grew, I found it easier to erase the self-doubt that I felt throughout my career. I gained confidence when I looked at the impact my work brought.
Seeking personal mentors and coaches is another way you focus your career development efforts. This helps improve the quality of your experience throughout your career. You can further improve yourself by having an open mind to learning new skills and mastering them.
What message would you like to give to women out there considering a career in IT?
Many tend to dismiss the contributions women bring to IT. Little do they know that it was actually a woman who first started it all. American computer scientist, Grace Hopper was one of the first IT pioneers who developed the FLOW-MATIC programming language. FLOW-MATIC was key to the development of the COBOL programming language for mainframe computers. The COBAL language is still used by many governments globally today.
The tech industry really needs more women to bring new innovations and fresh perspectives to the industry. Talent & intelligence recognise no gender or colour of the skin. Now is your moment to succeed as a woman in IT. So go for it!
Share with us your career journey and what led you to AYP Group?
I first began my career as a Civil Engineer but soon realised it wasn’t for me. At the time, I rediscovered my love for computers as a child and that led me to further my education in the area of computer science, earning me a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Data Science. That led me down a fulfilling career path where I explored various aspects of IT-related work. This included product development, software engineering, and data science.
I found AYP Group when I was looking for a fresh career opportunity with the possibility of remote work. I really enjoyed the corporate culture and progressive ideas of work the company has. Thankfully, I was selected and here I am as the Product Manager for AYP Group.
What do you like best about the company culture at AYP Group?
I really enjoy the fact that AYP Group cares about the mental health of its employees. They show this by providing very flexible work arrangements that really accommodate employees. We get personal birthday leaves and workation holidays here. Quarterly, there are personal development seminars and workshops like Power Hour that discuss a range of personal development topics.
I feel very fortunate to be able to work with cooperative and progressive-minded individuals in AYP Group.