Growing up, I was always curious, asking questions and thinking about solutions to problems. When I was 10 years old, my parents gave me a handheld videogame player. My dad challenged me to think about how it worked, and I remember dissembling it to learn more about it. Over the years, this curiosity has become second nature and developed into a fascination with computers, leading me to a career in computer science and engineering.
I work in Payments Engineering within Transaction Banking, where my team is responsible for designing payment solutions for clients. I work on designing new payment rails – or a payment platform payment network that moves money from a payer to a payee – that interface with external channels to send payments, which help clients move their money. I also work on the other parts of payments ecosystem, like monitoring and flagging anomalies in payment processing. We are a global team spread across three regions: New York, London and Bengaluru.
I applied to Goldman Sachs and interviewed with three different teams. Each team presented me with a variety of challenging questions, which pushed me to think outside of the box and come up with innovative solutions. The interviews were highly focused around how I am able to apply my knowledge to a problem at hand and come up with a solution. In the end, I became a campus hire and joined the Ledgers Engineering in 2014 as an analyst.
In 2018, I participated as a team lead in Engineering’s Gray Wolf program, which gives new analysts opportunities to develop technology or platforms that addressed specific firm needs. It was exciting for me to see the new analysts grow in this space, something that I had to do at the beginning of my career at Goldman Sachs. Working on a Gray Wolf project was an excellent opportunity for me to grow as a mentor and help younger engineers feel comfortable developing products at a high level. Prior to this opportunity, I was a member of the New Analyst and Intern Committee (NIC), where I worked to help integrate new Engineering analysts into the Goldman Sachs culture. The NIC hosts events from networking sessions to technical trainings that connect the new analyst community to the rest of the Engineering organization.
Problem solving fuels my desire to innovate. Similarly, engineering challenges me, makes me think, and allows me to be innovative and a problem solver. The “Aha!” feeling I get after solving a problem motivates me to find a new one and pursue a solution.
I have always been fascinated by literature. My mom, an English professor, and my dad, an editor of a newspaper, both inspired my love for reading and writing from a young age. In addition to reading, I also love mentoring young people looking for a career in computer science. I play badminton and enjoy bicycling.
To future engineers: never stop asking questions. Technology innovation is moving at a rapid pace, and it is important that you are always ready to adapt to what is coming next. Be curious about evolving trends. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fail. Learn from your mistakes and continue to challenge yourself.