Not everything has to be planned out.

Partik gets personal about why she chose computer science. She openly shares that it wasn't about a grand plan; she simply followed what caught her interest. This laid-back chat shows us that you don't need to have everything figured out from the start. Partik's journey is all about going with your gut and passions, proving that sometimes, that's all you need for a rewarding career.

Class Description

In her talk, Partik shares her unique career journey, emphasizing the importance of following one's interests even when it means going against the grain. Despite starting with a computer science degree, she quickly realized that a traditional developer role wasn't her true calling. Partik's story is a testament to the versatility of a computer science background, as she shares the unexpected opportunities it opened up for her. Her talk will serve as an inspiring reminder that the pursuit of your passions can lead to unforeseen and rewarding paths in the ever-evolving world of technology. 

About

Partik, an IBM Data & AI Technical Specialist, holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Queen's University. Starting as a Full Stack Developer/Consultant, she excelled in system design and innovative client solutions. Driven by a passion to close the gender gap in tech, Partik led IBM Canada's STEM for Girls Program, gaining skills in project management and partnership development. Her efforts engaged 10,000+ girls nationwide and fostered collaborations with organizations like Plan International and TELUS, impacting over 70,000 girls. 

Skills
Software Development
Public Speaking
Project Management
Leadership
Education
Queen's University
Experience
Director of Information Technologya
Queen's University
Technical Consultant
IBM
Senior Consultant
IBM
STEM for Girls Leader
IBM
Data & AI Technical Specialist
IBM