Jennifer is the Content & Communications Manager for MATRIX. Her mission is to understand what information our communities want and need from MATRIX, and to deliver it in ways that are enlightening, engaging and in sync with who we are as a company. She loves pop culture, Oklahoma football, and the great state of Texas.
MATRIX Consultant Spotlight: Ritu Banga
At MATRIX, we emphasize that our company is all about the people. On the outside, it appears that we employ software engineers, web designers, project managers, business analysts, support technicians, and so on.
This is technically true. But what we don’t advertise is that we also employ mothers, grandfathers, soccer coaches, marathon runners, world travelers, musicians, painters, community servants and so much more. Our consultants aren’t defined by their job titles. They each have a story and this blog will tell their stories.
Our first spotlight is on Ritu Banga, a Business Systems Analyst at one of our clients in North Carolina.
Tell us about yourself.
I moved here from India seven years ago. My whole family still lives there so I only get to see them every few years. I have a Shih-Tzu puppy named Nawaab. At eight months old, he knows 23 commands and is still learning. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time reading and watching the news. There are always so many articles and new things coming up; I’m always reading. I am also a foodie. I love to try new foods and restaurants, and to cook at home. I enjoy watching good movies, spending time with friends and exploring new places. I always keep a positive attitude and celebrate each and every moment of my life with passion. I am truly blessed in both my personal and professional life and I don’t take it for granted.
How did you get your start in IT?
While I have a Master’s degree in Mathematics, I never expected to have a career in IT. After I graduated, I worked as a Teacher’s Assistant but didn’t feel challenged enough. Since I knew computers and had a mathematics background, I started with manual QA testing. The first year of my transition to IT was filled with learning, networking and a lot of hard work. I was motivated by my parents and colleagues, whom all believed in me and encouraged me. My background in mathematics really helped me land my first job. My specialty was coming up with tricks that saved clients hours of extra work. I took programming and management classes in community college to enhance my skills. Even now I’m working on my PMP. As an IT professional, the learning doesn’t stop. I’m taking classes every year to enhance myself. This industry gives you so many opportunities to grow, you just have to find them.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about getting into IT consulting?
Sometimes there are no second chances. Either do it now or don’t do it at all. I was not ready to go into it because I loved being a math teacher. However, if you want to learn, if you want to be creative, if you want to grow day by day, you have to get into information technology. This is one industry that is unceasing. It’s a never-ending chapter of a never-ending book with volumes and volumes.
What do you like most about consulting?
Getting to work with different clients and learning new technologies. Every company works differently. As a consultant, you have the ability to transfer yourself from one environment to another. You learn how to be flexible by moving around a lot.
What has been the most challenging part of your career?
Working on two projects simultaneously. However, being in a nice environment at work has helped. It has really taught me patience. I have such great colleagues and leaders at work; they are so helpful and let me work from home or at odd hours if I need to. In my first eight months on the job, I never took a day off. I have to always stay focused. It can sometimes be challenging to maintain work, my personal life and still be creative at the same time.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
Being able to work in so many different roles – starting as a QA tester and getting to my current role as a business systems analyst. Thinking about where I started at my current company to where I am now...all my hard work has paid off. I have experienced so much growth in the last few years. I’ve learned many new technologies and my confidence has grown every day.