Lakshmi Nimmagadda

How many years have you been in tech?

around 8 years

Tell me about your background. What were your early years like?

Right from childhood, my dream is to become an IAS (Indian Police Service) inspired from my father’s profession but I never thought that I will end up my career in IT. In my school, my favorite subject is Mathematics.I used to show very active interest on solving logical stuff like solving the puzzles, quiz, helping friends in solving any kind of problems in Mathematics. Now I thought it could be one of the reason that made me lean towards computer programming. After my high school , my parents suggested me complete my under graduation in computer science. By looking into my logical skills, they identified that computer science suites more for me. So, I joined in computer science. Initially I am not 100% interested in IT as I didn’t know anything how it is going to be. But later I loved it by starting with programming (C is my first programming language). Every time when I do some course work, I hate to study theoretical courses because I want to put my study work on practice but not just by pen. I realized that IT is one of the best environment where you can do something like that. I enjoyed the labs and projects that I have done during under graduation. I was then so excited to work for a company, but my parents suggested me to complete masters in abroad, so that I can get explore more at international level.So I completed my graduation (in computer science) in US. Whatever my parents suggested, it always gave me a right direction to move forward in my career.Today I am here with lot of good opportunities around. Now I don’t regret with the profession I have chosen.

How were you exposed to tech?

Since my under graduation and graduation major was computer science, I got exposed to tech more like different programming languages as a part of course work. I got an internship during my graduation , that helped me more like to get exposed for a technology in specific business domain. I have learnt so much with the opportunities that I got after my graduation. I think the key to expose to multiple technologies is look for another opportunity once you are satisfied with the current job.
What is your current role?

I am Senior Systems Analyst. My first job started as core java developer for one year. From then, I am used to calling me as java developer though I worked different areas like IOS development, scala and other different languages in day-to-day work. Now I am working in Groovy/Grail. Although I always like get adopt to different tech. I like the learning part while working though it is kind of challenging. Also, I teach to some of my friends who are interested in learning something that I know.I learn the new frameworks in online tutorials like coursera

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I was awarded as employee of month for few times in my first job. I always feel proud about that because that was my first job and I didn’t know how I was doing in the team ( like performance, communicating, coordination etc). I was scared to ask anyone about the feedback as I am the only female developer in the team and all other team members are well experienced. I always used have a feeling that I am fresher and confused about how I am doing. But the award accomplishment cleared my confusions. It was not about the award that I am proud about but the accomplishments with that influenced me with more motivation, dedication and inspiring. I didn’t realized until they mentioned that I am so dedicated , quick learner and hardworking person in the team which really made me happy on that day.

What are you learning right now?

Right now I am working on groovy but more like learning UI frameworks like angular, react on side.

What was the last fear that you faced? How did you feel after you conquered it?

Once my team lead was on emergency vacation for a month. My manager chosen me to lead for a month. It was challenging to me then in managing the team. Initially I was afraid of handling it. I used to work a lot together with my lead when he was there. That helped me how to handle certain situations in team. I also learned how to plan or order things depending on the demand. I joined for MBA while I was working. I was able to relate by team conflicts with my course work and came up with good solutions.So all that knowledge helped to manage everything. From then , I like to work with people together instead individual as you will learn/share things.

What advice do you wish someone had given to you? What advice would you give to others starting out?

Initially when I dream about police service, I was not aware about how an IT career will be.  It would be nice to get awareness on educational background for different professions before following them blindly. Though I am happy with my profession now, but whenever I was pushed to computers education, I used to have some difficulties to adapt it initially and prepare myself to continue with that. This is because I am not completely aware of the area I have chosen. My Advice: Don’t wait for the opportunity, create the opportunity by user self by exploring and do your best.

What are your hobbies?

Watching movies & TV shows, yoga, outdoor games, reading books.

What do you like about St. Louis? The midwest? Why do you live here?

St Louis is cool place to live in and a good place for IT.

Who inspires you?

After my parents, I always get inspired when I see hardworking people. I always see some kind of unique quality in hard working people. They never give up.

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