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Nayyab
Senior Developer
The UK Home Office
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I lead the design and development of international law enforcement API services using JAVA Boot microservices architecture with a strategy of modernise and converge our solutions, reducing our reliance on external suppliers and reducing the technical debt and legacy software systems, saving the tax-payers money.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Agile Software Design & Development: Delegate and prioritize software development tasks following an agile product-centric delivery philosophy
  • Problem Solving: Design robust and secure solutions, and provide support when technical issues are encountered
  • Software Integration and Data Analysis: Provide the knowledge and skills for our digital team and stakeholders’ needs to analyse and deliver the system build, integration and data management
  • Leadership: Encouraging a learning, agile delivery, and collaborative team culture, I train and cascade the knowledge among peers building a sustained capacity
  • Performance Management: Manage, coach, give direction and steer for junior members to look at as well as evaluate their performance
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

One of the most interesting things is mentoring and encouraging the young professionals and students in Computing for their choices and decision-making, cherishing their growth. As digital technology is ever evolving with an immense impact on our daily lives, another interesting aspect is becoming something better, finding breakthroughs to do things better. This is what keeps me going.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I earned an Erasmus Mundus master’s in networks and eBusiness centred computing (2009-2011) from three different European universities with a distinction. Additionally, I am a PhD in Computer Sciences from KU Leuven Belgium (2012-2016). I was a research associate in Smart Mobile Cloud Computing and a Technical research manager for commodity trading and blockchain platforms.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

Maths and Video Games. Since my childhood, I was an avid gamer and a problem solver. Hence, solving my math problems was my second-best pastime after video games. My first interaction with a computer was inspired by a DOS game. And when it was time to choose a career, the obvious choice without a doubt was digital & technology.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

Reach out and Lean in. Never hesitate to ask what is not clear to get your tasks/projects done. The more you ask, the more you learn. In digital & tech, everyone is learning continuously, so you can always be a part of it.


I AM...
CONSCIENTIOUS
DETERMINED
CHANGEMAKER