In this inspiring interview, we sit down with Sneha Jatakiya, talented software developer and engineering enthusiast. With a Master’s degree in Computer Application from R K University and over 7 years of experience in the Software Industry, Sneha has proven herself as a dynamic leader and a problem solver
- Tell us about yourself
My name is Sneha Jatakiya. I graduated with a degree in Master Of Computer Application from R K University I have 7 years of experience working in the Software Industry. I successfully lead a team of 12 people and played a key role in implementing software applications for the automobile industry. This experience allowed me to develop a strong skill set and a deep understanding of the automobile industry.
- What motivated or inspired you to become a software developer?
I became a software developer because I love solving problems with technology. Ever since I was young, I enjoyed puzzles and figuring out how things work. When I discovered software development, I realized that coding is like solving puzzles on a whole new level. It fascinated me how I could use my creativity and logical thinking to write code and build applications that can make a real difference in people’s lives. What also motivated me was seeing the impact of technology in our world. Technology has become an integral part of our lives, and I wanted to be part of the innovation and progress. From mobile apps to web development, the possibilities seemed endless. The idea that I could create something useful, intuitive, or even fun with lines of code excited me.
- If you had the opportunity to travel back in time, what advice would you give to your past self?
If I had the chance to travel back in time and offer advice to my past self, there are a few key pieces of wisdom I would share. Firstly, I would encourage myself to embrace failure and view it as a valuable learning experience. In the past, I often placed too much emphasis on achieving perfection and was hesitant to take risks. I would advise myself to step out of my comfort zone, be open to making mistakes, and see them as stepping stones toward growth and improvement.
Secondly, I would emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In my earlier years, I often found myself overly consumed by work, hobbies, and self-care. I would remind myself to prioritize self-care, allocate time for activities I enjoy, and nurture meaningful connections with family and friends. Finding that balance is vital for overall well-being and long-term success.
Another crucial piece of advice I would offer is to embrace continuous learning and development. In the past, there were times when I felt complacent or settled into a comfort zone. I would remind myself to seek out new knowledge, expand my skill set, and stay curious about emerging trends and technologies. Lifelong learning is essential for staying relevant and adaptable in an ever-changing world.
Lastly, I would encourage my past self to trust the journey and be patient. There were instances when I became discouraged by setbacks or impatient for immediate results. I would remind myself that success is not always linear, and there will be ups and downs along the way. Embracing perseverance, resilience, and having faith in the process can lead to valuable experiences and eventual achievements.
- What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far in your career?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my career was after the Covid when there is a boom in the software industry. At that time people are continually changing Jobs and also we saw that people are demanding new software development to smoothly work around the situations. During this period of time, my company put faith in me and my capabilities and assign me one totally new assignment within a small period of timeline. The team which is allocated to me is working remotely and there is a couple of new members working on it. The challenge stemmed from several factors that tested my problem-solving abilities, adaptability, and leadership skills. Along with that, for me to understand each team member’s nature and each team member’s expertise, and priorities, and aligning everyone towards a common goal required effective communication, conflict resolution, and consensus-building. Ensuring that everyone was on the same page and working collaboratively was crucial to the success of the project.
- If you were to share a single valuable tip for women aspiring to pursue engineering, what would it be?
If I were to share a single valuable tip for women aspiring to pursue engineering, it would be to believe in yourself and your abilities. Throughout your journey in engineering, you may encounter moments of self-doubt or face societal stereotypes and biases. But remember that you are just as capable, talented, and deserving of success as anyone else.