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Diversity by design: Shanma's story

about 1 month ago by Shanma Ahmed

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“Design, I believe is the core of who I am, something that helps me tell beautifully curated stories with the use of pixels.”


Shanma Ahmed is a senior designer at the Volcanic Malaysia office, in Kuala Lumpur. In our latest blog post, Shanma talks about her experience as a woman in the technology sector, joining the Volcanic family and how she found her niche in design.


“At the age of 18, fresh out of high school in the Maldives, I moved to Malaysia and started a Diploma in Information Communication Technology. By the end of the two year course, my interests lay in designing interactive digital interfaces so I decided to pursue a specialised degree in Multimedia Technology.


After graduating with a first class degree, I continued to hone my skills in UI/UX design and creative media, and gained experience in the multimedia industry. I then discovered Volcanic was hiring and gained the opportunity to join the team and enhance my career even further, with the invaluable support of Volcanic I soon had a key role in mentoring and leading the design team here in Kuala Lumpur.


“Being a female in the tech industry is a challenge because we have to try that much harder to be heard or valued for our knowledge. It’s great that Volcanic is actively working to reach a 50/50 gender balance in the workplace; employment quotas pioneer change and without them it’s likely that much of the technology sector will remain insular and male-dominated.”  


Co-Founder Neil Pickstone commented: “The technology industry is growing at such a rate that supply simply won’t be able to keep up with demand unless more women are encouraged to enter the sector.


“At Volcanic we are actively working towards gender parity within the company. We are expanding rapidly and within the next six months our workforce will have increased from 80 to 140. The benefits of a diverse workforce are well documented and we strive to maintain an inclusive and welcoming culture for all.”


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