Liberty IT’s Aishwarya Reddy talks about a typical workday and how she adds personal and professional development to her schedule.
The tech industry offers such a variety of careers, from front-end developers to automation engineers. Due to the ever-changing nature of technology, it also means that these roles are constantly changing and those who work in the industry are constantly improving themselves.
Aishwarya Reddy is an Associate Software Engineer at Liberty IT. She spoke to SiliconRepublic.com about how she effectively manages her workday to include time for professional development.
“As a developer, I believe in doing things that are ready for the future”
– AISHWARYA REDDY
If there is such a thing, can you describe a typical day at work?
Around 9 am I start by checking my schedule for the day and my mailbox. Twice a week we have an informal team chat over coffee, which helps us stay connected and talk about what’s going on outside of work.
Every day at 10 a.m., we have a group of developers to discuss and prioritize the work we will be doing for the rest of the day. I do my prep work for one of the meetings on my schedule, then start my work for the day. While working, I take notes on any questions to ask the product manager during our next team stand-up.
After a 30-minute lunch break around 12:30 p.m., I continue to work on my various tasks and attend meetings. I also try to take 40 minutes at the end of the day for self-study, using that time to reflect on my technical strengths, find key areas where I need to improve, and do work that has an impact. beyond the project. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, my goal is to finish my work day around 5:30 p.m.
What types of projects are you working on?
I am currently part of a team that provides insurance to small businesses in the United States. I love working on this project – I enjoy every second of my time at work! Delivering something new and meaningful to our customers makes me really look forward to it every day.
What skills do you use on a daily basis?
Skills we use daily include TypeScript, React, Python, GraphQL, MySQL, and Selenium. I’m currently focusing on TypeScript and React, while honing my soft skills.
I really like to take responsibility for my personal and professional development. Mastering new skills boosts my energy and enthusiasm – it makes me want to be the best at what I do.
What’s the hardest part of your workday?
The hardest part of the day is managing my time wisely, especially on days when there are a lot of meetings and a lot of work. It can also sometimes be a little more difficult to work virtually than in the office.
I haven’t physically met any of my teammates, but we do have virtual social time together every week which really helps us get to know each other and makes it easier to communicate if I need any help or advice.
Do you have any productivity tips that help you through the workday?
Being virtual has its own advantages and disadvantages.
To help increase my productivity throughout my day, I make sure I take regular 10-minute breaks and at lunchtime I take a little walk in my garden. One thing I try to avoid is sitting too long in my chair. Keeping your mind and body healthy is one way to stay productive at work.
As a team, we make sure that all our caucuses and other meetings are light and informal so that no pressure is felt.
I like to have a to-do list for the week and check off things as I finish them. It helps me plan my time better.
When you started this job, what were you most surprised to learn that was important in the role?
From the day I started to today, I think the one that surprised me is how much a small change in user experience would have a huge impact on the product we offer. I’ve also learned that it’s not just about doing the things you’ve been told to do, but that you should constantly be looking for ways to improve your product and deliver the best.
Another important thing I learned is the importance of adaptability in this role and having a thirst for continuous improvement.
How has this role changed as this industry has grown and evolved?
Technology is constantly evolving. It challenges me and motivates me to keep up to date with the latest technological developments. As a team we try to think about future usability when we write a piece of code, and as a developer I believe in doing things that are ready for the future.
What do you like most about the job?
What I love most about my job is that no two days are the same. I learn something new every day. It excites me to wake up every morning and log in to do the job that I love.
I am excited to see that we are making a difference every day, the greatest pleasure comes when you see the project you are working on getting live and people using it and that creates a positive impact for both Liberty IT and for people.
Liberty IT always reminds us to maintain a healthy work-life balance, understands us as employees and puts us first, helps us achieve our goals and promotes continuous self-learning.
When I joined, I was assigned a buddy through my team and another through Women in Tech, so I had great support in my first few months. I feel included and taken care of here and all of this motivates me to be better at my job than yesterday.