I am Tulika Garg and I joined IBM India Software Labs in Jan 2011. I completed my Bachelors of Computers Sc. & Engg in 2009 . It was during my schooldays when the "IT" bug caught me and I was determined to become a software engineer. I have worked with a telecommunications based company for an year ,before joining IBM. When I joined IBM, with just an year's experience I realized there was so much more to learn. Its altogether a different feeling of working in a firm like that of IBM,and when you are referred to as an “IBMer”. I am a part of The Information Management group and I closely work with DB2-CLP and DB2-LDAP components .I am a part of the L3 continuing engineering(CE) and new development team(ND).I have presented a poster in the internal conferences like WIT(Women in Technology) that was conducted by IBM last year. I don't have any list of achievements as such in my name,but then I marvel each working day of mine with a sense of devotion,commitment,and my effort.
When we are fresh out of college,we have a mixed bag of feelings. We have zeal to do whatever task is assigned to us,we have new hopes but yes along with that , some apprehension does exist. Performing in the corporate world,competition ,work pressures and various other things start creating a tornado of professional chaos in our minds. I think it is important to just maintain the momentum with which we start and learn from our experiences which we gain with time.After all women possess the innate qualities of patience and perseverance ,and we being the 'women in technology' just need to make use of it.
My work here is related to supporting the customers that use our products,along with improving and enhancing the efficiency of our existing components. Resolving the customer issues,providing them solutions in a timely manner ,fixing defects ,enhancing the code to meet the new requirements comes as a part of my job. Sometimes people don't see support jobs in a very good light but nevertheless they are very crucial and important. Ultimately it is the customer experience of a product that speaks for a company. And I trust my acumen and feel good at the end of the day having done my job and feel pride in it.
The job I do is action-packed. Its never monotonous. If there is anything typical about a working day here, it is nothing short of exciting,rewarding and at times even challenging when we have to meet the deadlines.
Achieving a work/life balance is equally important and it is so good to read how my fellow bloggers , the 'women in technology',take out time from their strenuous routine and pursue their passions. They are definitely a source of inspiration for all the budding engineers as well as those who are still struggling to achieve this balance. With all my work underway,my distress routine includes spending time with my family and friends,taking out time for myself and indulging in my hobby activities like dancing and cooking. Just trying to remain calm and composed ,not getting bewildered with the veritable storm of work related questions going on in our minds is the key I guess. The answers to these can be found only with a peaceful state of mind,which can be achieved by maintain a proper balance. So don't get swayed with the hurling wind but stand strong and just be yourself!!!