When Kyrmyzy Kaliyeva first started her career in tech, the path forward wasn’t always clear — but finding smart and successful female role models made all the difference.
Inspired to pursue her goals, Kyrmyzy leveraged online tech communities to gain insight, knowledge and empowerment.
Now, she’s giving back to the next generation of engineers by spearheading the launch of Zühlke’s Takeoff in Tech event series in Asia.
Technology has transformed how we share and consume knowledge. But it’s also given rise to online platforms and communities that empower individuals to unite behind shared interests and values. This is something Kyrmyzy took advantage of early.
“I know I’m not the only developer that can recall the feeling of struggling over a line of code – especially as a beginner. And I’m definitely not the only developer who’s felt the thrill of discovering a world of forums and communities ready to help out!”
Early in Kyrmyzy’s career, the tech community embraced her curiosity and welcomed her in. She followed Android engineers on Twitter and reached out to them for feedback and advice.
Today, Kyrmyzy is an Advanced Android Engineer at Zühlke Singapore, having spent eight years honing her developer chops at startups across e-commerce, video streaming, logistics and telecoms.
Although she really enjoyed working in these fields, Kyrmyzy wanted to find an employer with long-term potential. That’s what led her to her current role.
“In startups, you’re not just an Android Engineer, you get stuck in a lot of different areas, which is great,” she says. “But I wanted a role that was more technical and I wanted to find a company that I could stay with long-term, so that’s how I found Zühlke.”