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#STEMStories: Jigyasa, Machine Learning Engineer, USA

#STEMStories: Jigyasa, Machine Learning Engineer, USA

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?

I am Jigyasa Grover, and I currently work at Twitter, Inc. in San Francisco as a Machine Learning Engineer contributing my best in the Ads Prediction team.

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

Life as a Machine Learning Engineer, in the world’s biggest hub of technology at a social networking company, was never planned. Ever since I was a child, my parents had instilled in me to give my best each and every day as the future is very unpredictable and one should take life as it comes.

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

I love having that sense of satisfaction in me when I close my eyes before going to bed each night, and as a young adult, this now comes by learning something new at work, doing something other than my day job like blogging, reading a book, etc. in short ticking off things from my to-do lists. And this craving for that satisfaction is what fuels me on those cold, dark mornings.

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

Like any other human being, I do have ‘stressful’ work days and to combat those I declutter my desk, update my to-do lists, prioritize work and break down bigger tasks into smaller actionable items because as mentioned, the sense of satisfaction I get by ticking off items from to-dos is my addiction.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

Each individual has their own unique qualities, and instead of having just one or two role models I believe in honoring everyone and taking what I feel the best trait from different famous personalities in fields like technology, social work, and entrepreneurship.

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

Though I think I am pretty young right now, and should rather be receiving pieces of advice from the older me if time travel was possible, I still like to swear by that “whatever happens, happens for a reason” !

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

  • There is no better time than now!
  • Be fearless, the worst that can happen is you get ‘no’ as an answer.
  • Keep your senses active at all times, you never know when and where an opportunity strikes.

8. How do you measure your success?

The definition of success for me has been changing rapidly with different stages of life - as a university grad it was getting a good job, at work it is piloting a project, as a young woman in tech it is to help bridge that gender gap, etc. and I am loving having to set new goals each year. As long as achieving a goal provides me and my parents a sense of pride and satisfaction, I consider myself to be successful at that stage of life.

9. Where can we find out more about your work? Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

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