Strong Women Making It Happen: Meet Mehreen Badar, Mgr Software Dev Techlogix

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The Working Woman

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Strong Women Making It Happen: Mehreen Badar, Manager, Techlogix

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What makes a strong woman? Someone who is a homemaker, breadwinner, a dedicated professional while being a sensitive, kind and thoughtful woman; an all-in-one package. This sounds like a rare combination, right? The beauty of being a woman is that she can adapt to almost anything life throws at her. It takes a strong man to recognize a strong woman because she has so many beautiful sides to her that he can fail to keep count. Today we will introduce you to one such young woman. Not only is she a hardcore, thorough professional, but she is a whiz at home too. A young, docile girl who had to face the hard realities of life at a very young age, today she is at a very good position in one of the most reputed software houses in Pakistan as well as in life. She had no short cuts in life and whatever she got, she got at her own mettle. Meet Mehreen Badar.

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Q: Tell us something about yourself.

My name is Mehreen Badar. A simple, yet strong woman with big dreams. I was born in Lahore and hence a true Lahori at heart. I love travel and adventures. A very critical thinker and a sensitive person.

What really makes me stand out from most of the working women crowd is that I am a breadwinner since start of my career and I am utterly proud of it. I consider myself strong enough to do all major things in my life on my own, with only the help of Almighty Allah.

Q: How did you choose IT as a profession? Do you think it was a good decision?

I applied in two majors after passing my intermediate exams: BS in double mathematics and BS in Computer Science. I topped BS Mathematics merit list but fate made me drop that chance. I did not make it to the merit list of BS computer science because of a low score in entry test, yet got admission in Computer Science based on my good scores in inter and Matric. So I guess that was total luck that drove me towards this field.

When I look back on the turns my life took, I realize it was indeed the best decision taken for me by Allah, the Best of planners.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your professional experience and project work at Techlogix?

I am currently working as Manager Software Development at Techlogix and have been associated with the same company for past 8 plus years. I joined Techlogix as Quality Assurance Engineer and later moved to consultancy for Higher Education practice. This was a major turning point in my career where I got opportunities to work both in and outside Pakistan including countries like Turkey and Philippines.

“I moved to Consultancy side for Higher Education practice which was a major turning point in my career where I got opportunities to work in Pakistan and outside of Pakistan. I am currently working on techlogix’s own Higher Education product under the incubated company Almusnet called Campus on Cloud.”

I am currently working on Techlogix’s own Higher Education product under the incubated company Almusnet called Campus on Cloud. I am a key member of this product team and working as Program Manager, Product Definition and Design Expert, key member of Technical Sales Team, Leading and Formalizing the Customer Success team and various other roles. So I am in a major multitasking role.

Q: That’s impressive. Women like you are doing great work. Do you think all this hard work and dedication comes at a cost?

Yes Definitely. Woman has been created a more sensitive and emotional gender by Allah hence they face a lot of issues. This question specifically talks about the added responsibilities when woman is married and have to take care of home, children and job at the same time. I have not gone through this yet but definitely understand that this is a real struggle. Our society and culture doesn’t support this hence making it more difficult for them. For example, when a married woman has constraints like she can’t travel, she can’t work extra hours or on weekends, she is quoted as unfit for challenging roles eventually ending up with plain work opportunities which doesn’t let her grow.

Q: What do you think about the status of female professionals in other software houses as well as in Techlogix?

IT industry is tough in the sense that it requires people to work extra hours and weekends etc, which can be tough for women in our society. There are typical politics involved, not giving them opportunities to grow, sometimes even, cases of harassment against women.

Techlogix is a great company specially for females. Environment is very cooperative and friendly and male colleagues treat women very respectfully. These are major concerns for parents as well when they allow their daughters to work.

“Techlogix is a great company specially for females. Environment is very cooperative and friendly and male colleagues treat women very respectfully. These are major concerns for parents as well when they allow their daughters to work.”

But in general few issues remains as it is for married woman everywhere. I believe that the mindset is difficult to change. Most employers and even fellow employees think women are by default less committed to work since they eventually have to get married. People are still reluctant to provide them great roles and making them part of companies/teams.

Q: There is still a big part of our population who think girls should not work if they can avoid it. Yet the kind of grooming that comes with working in a professional environment is priceless. What are your thoughts on this?

I disagree. All girls should work in order to gain certain experience and abilities which truly are priceless. Job made me a completely different person and groomed me as well. Going out in the world and facing it gave me the courage to understand and accept life. I learned various ways to deal with different situations. I believe that all of this learning and grooming can eventually contribute towards my future life.

Q: What, according to you, are the challenges women face when they step out into the professional world?

The challenges are very obvious as mentioned earlier too that there is inappropriate working enviorment and by inappropriate doesn’t always mean that somebody harassed you but e.g. recently I heard that a girl working in another office, her boss started changing her seat everyday just to punish her for something she didn’t know. Challenges like less pay, labels like being bossy, emotional etc, statements like they will get married and leave, so let’s not waste energies by providing them opportunities, all this pose a threat to their career growth. But at the same time I believe this is not one sided. I see many female individuals less career oriented and less committed to work but still working just because they are getting money. Hence making this issue more vulnerable.

Instead, I love to ponder over the brighter side of things so I must say that I have been very lucky to be a part of a company where I got the best time of my life.

Q: If you can share one basic rule that goes into the making of a good professional, what would that be?

Be strong. Sounds Simple? But this is true. Don’t be emotional and don’t lose control on yourself in front of anyone. Other key skills that can contribute are dedication towards your work, Integrity (I define integrity as when no one is watching you but you still do your work) and great communication skills.

“Software industry is growing in Pakistan but to be a part of leading software houses you should have good academics background, strong knowledge of relevant subject areas and vision about what you exactly want to do.”

Q: For young ladies aspiring to venture into the IT sphere in Pakistan, what would you advise them?

Software industry is growing in Pakistan but to be a part of leading software houses you should have good academics background, strong knowledge of relevant subject areas and vision about what you exactly want to do. IT industry is not just specific to coders but there are various interesting roles like Functional and Technical consultants and business analysts. So Go Girls!

 

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About Mehreen Badar

I am a simple yet strong woman with big dreams. My passions are meeting new people, traveling, and adventures.

You can reach Mehreen Badar at her LinkedIn profile here:

 

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  1. A wonderful person at heart, honest, sensitive, emotional, independent and a “dabang” Manager. She is indeed breaking the stereotype of women in IT. You are an inspiration and role model for so many young girls. Thank you for making a difference 🙂