People of Presspage: Anee Singh
A fun-loving and candid backend developer
One of the few female developers at PressPage is the funny and candid Anee. With a degree in Bioinformatics and a love for coding, she is a valuable member of the backend team. Her love for traveling made her jump into quite an adventure and landed her right here at PressPage.
Could you describe briefly what your role is within PressPage?
I started working for PressPage in March of 2017 as part of the backend team. We are currently revising the whole system, so right now much of the work we do is not visible. In the coming months the more visible parts of the work will be delivered. Obviously coding is a big part of the job. But since the system is quite new to me and we are changing it, we need to understand how it works and how it can be improved. Gathering in-depth knowledge of the system is very important in my job. I will not deny, we do code all day. We like writing beautiful code. We are always striving to level up, it’s never good enough.
It is the first time I have been working in PR, I used to work in the Helpdesk domain. I worked in the backend team at Kayako for a while, this is a service based company offering unified customer service software. I think it’s critical to understand the domain you are working in. If you don’t understand this well and you start building a feature, you will not be asking the right questions to get to know the purpose and use of the feature. Halfway through you will realise you missed something. Everybody can code. When you change to another company or domain, you need to understand what you are doing and why.
When I graduated in Microbiology, I wanted to combine the knowledge I gained during my studies with my interest in computer science. So I did a Master in Bioinformatics at the Guru Nanak Dev University. It is a combination of applying computer programming and skills with biological data. It’s a very interesting field.
Three things you didn’t know about Anee
In August of 2016, my partner and I traveled to Amsterdam. We really liked the city so we decided to move here. It was a big thing, for the first time in 31 years I moved out of my country. I arrived with just four bags, everything that I didn’t need I left in India. One of the reasons to move here is that I like to travel a lot. I take about three to four vacations a year to travel abroad. By moving to Europe, traveling became a lot easier. Whenever I wanted to travel abroad from India, I needed a Visa. Here it’s easy, for most countries I don’t need a Visa.
In the weekends I go to the city parks to see dogs play and have fun. I’m really crazy about dogs. Actually, I feel envious towards people who have dogs. I wish I could have a dog too, but my partner and I are both working for most of the week. Hopefully we will be able to get a dog someday, that will be amazing.
Being an introvert in a new country, it is difficult to get to know people and make new friends. I am trying really hard to change this. Building a new life in a new country is also about getting over your fears, being open and making new friends. A while ago I was invited to a barbecue, and I found it difficult to figure out what is appropriate to bring to such an event. Do I bring a drink, some food? I’m not sure what is expected. That can be a bit of a challenge while trying to make new friends.
The secret dream of Anee
When I was still living in India, I was a true workaholic. Here I have more free time and I have been able to think of spending some time doing voluntary work. I think it will make me happy if I can contribute to society in that way. One of my colleagues told me about organizations where volunteers spend time with the elderly or with children, I think I will like that. It will give me a sense of fulfillment. Next to that I would love to travel more and see more places. My next trip will be to Kenya to see the great migration. I have seen the migration on the Discovery Channel so many times, I can’t wait to experience it in real life!
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