Hareem Raza is a UX data analyst at LabXchange. Within computer science, she is interested in tech for good. In honor of Engineers Week, we sat down with Hareem to learn more about her career journey and her advice for other women in STEM. Keep reading to learn more!
I am a computer science and mathematics graduate, and I live in Lahore, Pakistan. Within computer science, I am interested in data analytics, especially in the context of tech for good, like education. At LabXchange, I work as a UX data analyst. I combine my interests in data analytics and education to work on the product analytics of the LabXchange platform and its interactive content.
I brainstorm product analytics requirements and metrics, discuss them with the analytics team, and then convert raw data in the data warehouse into analytics reports with visualizations and actionable insights. An interesting thing about my role is that it is neither completely product nor completely engineering. It is a mixture of both which allows me to learn from people in different teams and have a multidimensional view of my work.
I don’t think I "became" interested in science, as such. I have always loved science, for as long as I can remember. As a student, science was my favorite subject, and I participated in a lot of science competitions and exhibitions as well. Eventually, I studied STEM in secondary school and computer science and mathematics in my post-secondary education.
Back in primary school, we grew plants in a jar with cotton and some seeds in it. We observed our plants for days and scrutinized their entire growth process. Apart from that, there are so many science experiments from high school that I vividly remember doing. For example, titrations were super fun!
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I actually have an advice journal where I jot down any and every piece of advice that I find relevant. Here are some of my favorites: