62: Find positions to fill your skills gap – Electrical Engineer – Nikita Tiwari

Nikita Tiwari earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Mumbai and a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Portland State Univeristy. She is now a platform engineer for the automotive industry at Intel Corporation

[0:55] She has been at Intel for about 5 years and has had many positions inside of Intel. The multiple positions helped her decide what she really liked to do.

[2:23] Classes that helped her; embedded systems, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuit) design, validation and verification courses. These along with some computer science and hardware architecture have helped in her career.

[3:39] Describes what an applications platform engineer is within the automotive industry, working on cameras and also working on some Artificial Intelligence applications.

[4:35] How she was able to work in many different positions, she knew what skills she wanted to develop and looked for roles that would help here fill those gaps.

[5:48] Why she went on for her masters and how she is passionate about computer architecture.

[6:40] Nikita’s area of expertise.

[8:28] An ah-ha moment that Nikita had that she turned into success – she did not have all the qualifications for a role, so she did a part time roll with the group she wanted to work for and gained the needed skills and ended up with the position.

[10:21] Getting through college – the power of networking and mentoring.

[12:05] The is information on the SWE website for girls interested in STEM careers. Society of Women Engineers.

[13:07] Key attributes launching into a career; whatever you do, do it well and don’t be worried about failing. Wide breadth is very important and focus on a couple of skills to be an expert in. You also want to be able to articulate yourself, your own elevator pitch.

[15:26] Lightening round – best advice is to be adaptable and don’t rehearse too much. A habit is to carve out time to get things get done and execute on what you plan. She really likes Reddit and recommends The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

[17:10] Parting piece of guidance – Use all the resources available to you and one thing at a time.
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