Tandem Bank engineer Agnieszka Pinchinat-Miernik gives us her perspective as a woman navigating a male-dominated industry.
Agnieszka Pinchinat-Miernik is an Android Engineer at digital challenger Tandem Bank, based in London. To commemorate International Women’s Day, she answered a few questions for us on what it’s like to be a woman in the tech industry, and what her career goals are for the future.
What made you join the tech sector?
“From a young age I always wanted to build things that help people solve problems. Tech seemed like the most logical route to take to achieve this.”
What did you study?
“Computing with Artificial Intelligence. When I was little I read all the Isaac Asimov stories and dreamed of building an AI.”
What are your career plans?
“To learn as much as I can, work on inspiring projects, build things that will delight and help people. Ideally all from a beach somewhere warm.
“But on a serious note, my plans are in technical leadership, and building self-organising software teams. Eventually I want to become a technical consultant that helps other companies succeed, whilst also working on personal projects as I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up coding completely.”
How do you plan to progress?
“I’ve taken on lead roles in previous projects, and I’m currently focusing on getting more experiences on the ground in different companies. This is a great opportunity to try out new techniques and explore different technologies. I ultimately plant to return to leadership with more breadth of experience.”
Your experience so far?
“I’ve loved working in tech! The challenges are exciting, and I’ve met so many incredible people that have taught me a lot. Of course I have experienced some instances of sexism while working in the industry, some more explicit than others, but so far nothing I haven’t been able to deal with or had the support to help me address.”
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