WOMEN IN TECH PROFILE: ROBINJIT KAUR
November 29, 2022 by CLG Team
EY Consultant and Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness ambassador Robinjit Kaur is equal parts inspiring and empowering. Her biggest piece of advice is to “not live in fear” - which is something that resonates for us at Code Like a Girl for not just the tech industry but for life!
Thank you Robinjit for sharing your wisdom and encouraging all of us to embrace diversity in technology, to trust in our abilities and reminding us that our impact matters!
Can you tell us a little more about your diverse background? Do you think it's helped your tech career?
I hail from India - a unique and distinct place among the other countries of the world, The host of a culture that has been prevalent for a long time, one of the most diverse countries in the world from the attire worn by the people belonging to different communities to the languages spoken and even in the food habits, the country both reflects its diversity and varied heritage. My diverse background acted as an employment asset in my technology career.
Can you tell us about the journey that led you to a career in technology?
I joined EY as a Senior Consultant, and am now a Manager in Digital and Emerging Technology within EY’s Technology consulting practice. I have been consulting clients in Digital Engineering & Cloud Services practice for DET, managing deliverables and providing technical expertise and leadership.
When I joined EY, consulting was new to me and being at EY I have fallen in love with the art of consulting. It brings out the best of the technical experience I have earned over years.
Since entering tech, what has your career progression looked like?
Everything and every day has been a learning experience for me since I have been at EY - be it learning to give effective presentations or how to be an effective leader. The learning experience I enjoy the most is being a Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness ambassador for DET. We want to build diversity and inclusiveness into everything we do, and to make EY a place where everyone feels free to be themselves and fulfil their potential.
Who or what inspires you as a woman in technology?
"Trust yourself, do NOT live in fear. Fear nothing and get excited about everything. When something doesn’t go right, laugh at it and move on." This inspires me as a woman in technology. It has been my takeaway from my mum instilling independence in me from a very young age.
Why do you think diversity in tech is important?
Diversity fuels innovation and helps companies remain competitive globally. Incorporating different perspectives into various aspects of business-therefore approaching problems from unique vantage points – can create solutions that would never be generated had everyone thought alike. In fact, there’s evidence that teams with a diversity of intelligence outperform homogenous teams.
Do you have advice for women or diverse individuals who might be considering moving to a role in tech?
You are just as capable as the guy before you and the guy that comes next. Your ideas, opinions, and statements matter. Not only do they matter, they can make a difference; they can make THE difference.
Focus in on the goal, be clear about who your customer is, simultaneously pay attention to detail while being fully aware of the big picture, and make moves that feel right.
Be humble, be honest, listen to others, learn any chance you get, and persevere.
What is your dream or goal for the future of tech?
My long-term goals involve growing with EY, building a better working world where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much value as possible to the team and people I work closely with.
QUICK FIRE ROUND:
What's the best investment you've made in your career under $1000?
AZ-303 certification recently that takes me on my career path as an Azure Solution Architect.
What's your favourite quote or mantra?
Trust yourself, do NOT live in fear. Fear nothing and get excited about everything. When something doesn’t go right, laugh at it and move on.
One piece of tech you can't live without?