Anisha Agarwala: The Tenacious Techie
Technology is everywhere and the idea of Silicon Valley being a supreme part of our culture is just the way it is. Everyone near and far knows that the valley is where you go when you want to pursue tech, but they also know that it is a male dominated industry. However, times are changing and just last year, we saw great strides for equality in industries just like this. Women have shown time and time again that their knowledge and hard work make them equal, if not at times, more equipped to do certain careers in the tech industry. We are lucky to say that one of these phenomenal women are part of our community.
“I am constantly learning and always looking for the next challenge. Change never stops and the only constant is change.”
Anisha Agarwala is a technology consultant right in the heart of the tech world, the financial district of San Francisco. For Anisha, technology was always something she had complete fascination with. She talked about her childhood saying, “Growing up around doctors and computers, I was acutely aware of how computers made life easier and doctors writing so much more legible. As I started my engineering degree, I found my interest leaned heavily towards data and analysis to find hidden ‘stories.’” Digging deeper has been in the root of Anisha’s passions. She wants to learn everything she can from the data she has written, and that has driven her to become so dedicated to the ins and outs of technology.
Anisha is a knowledge seeker. She has endless passion for learning and challenging herself. She puts emphasis into growing herself everyday stating, “I am constantly learning and always looking for the next challenge. Change never stops and the only constant is change.” For her, she believes you have to grow with the changing world, learn from the past, adjust to the future, and make strides to succeed and adapt for what’s to come. Most importantly, she knows that she every struggle came from another women’s struggle in this industry.
Technology is such a vast industry and as we have stated men have dominated for so long. But Anisha knows that this fight has existed for so long, long before she entered the industry saying, “I am luckier than the generation before me in that I was easily able to find a role for a woman in technology and the women before me were breaking the glass ceiling well before I was working at my first job. I think the challenge today is keeping up with news and what is happening in technology everyday.” The knowledge that women have being fighting for ages to be part of these industries is part of what keeps Anisha pushing for success and this includes moving from one part of the country to another.
“I am luckier than the generation before me in that I was easily able to find a role for a woman in technology & the women before me were breaking the glass ceiling well before I was working at my first job."
Anisha wearing a Kyra & Vir Jacket
Anisha has spent years in two of the most prominent tech cities, the first being DC and the second being where she is now, San Francisco. Both of these cities are what she calls “melting pots of cultures,” they are filled with “great minds constantly working to make something new.” For her though, San Francisco was the place to be. Anisha goes on to talk about the hilly city say that San Francisco is “at the cutting edge of technology, which makes being in this space very exciting and introduces you to opportunities all around,” which is why she had to come here.
Anisha wearing a Kyra & Vir Jacket
Since Anisha knows the struggles and hard work it takes to be a woman in this industry, Anisha has her top 8 recommendations for what to do when you want to break into tech:
- Keep learning, never stop
- Keep reading
- Allow yourself to fail and learn and grow from that experience
- Don't get too comfortable
- Ask lots of questions
- Don't be afraid to take on new challenges
- Don't get hung up on the money
- Take a junior role if you must - you can only go up from there.
Written by Aubrey Rojas