Meet Our Team- Ivy Tang
Thomas Pearson, Head of Talent at Immense, talks to Ivy Tang about her role and the importance of women in tech.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Immense?
My name is Ivy, and I’m the principal software engineer at Immense. I like software engineering because it is always evolving, full of challenges and excitements. I embrace new technologies and believe they will make life easier and better. Out of work, I like table tennis and ps4 games.
What is a typical day like for you at Immense?
Our department (development department) is a full-agile environment, so our day always starts with daily-up. In daily-up, we will briefly talk about the task progress and blockers, if there are any. After that, we simply go back to the desk, develop new features or fix critical bugs. We have regular meetings to catch up with company updates and other teams. Simply put, my Immense day is usually enjoyable.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
Before I went to university to study computer science, I wanted to join the army. But, once I learnt computer science, especially software programming, I become really fond of it.
Why do you think it’s important for more women to join the tech industry?
Even now, when we are in the 21st century, I’m afraid bias against women still exist. When it comes to work, some might still think the tech industry is too clever for women. If we have more women in this industry, we can show the world that women can do the job as good as men.
What would you say is the most challenging part of your job?
In my opinion, the most challenging part is to decide the best solution because you have to find the best balance between a practical solution and a perfect solution.
What advice would you give yourself just starting out?
The advice I will give to myself will be: Be curious and Be brave.
What first sparked your interest in working in the tech industry?
To be honest, I chose Computer Science because I was told that it is easy to get a job (which is true, by the way). When I saw ‘hello world’ on the screen for the first time, I was totally fascinated by it.
Do you think enough is done to help women get into the tech industry? If not, what would you recommend?
Nowadays, more and more females are in the tech industry. However, we can do more to encourage women to join. If the media reports more female engineers stories, it definitely will send out a positive message.
When you’re not working, what are your hobbies and interests?
I like playing table tennis, sadly British weather is not very friendly for outdoor playing. So I spend quite a lot of time on ps4 and reading.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could take three things with you, what would they be?
Enough water to survive, fire to keep warm & drive away wild animals, and books to kill time & for entertainment.
Thanks Ivy, it was great to chat with you.