Name: Jasmine Ariff
Company (and Industry): Microsoft – IT Solution Selling
Years of Working Experience (since graduation): 4
What did you want to be when you were young?
As a kid, my first memory was of looking up into the night sky to the moon from my 7th-floor terrace. It seemed so near and I truly believed with all my heart that I would collect enough money to buy a lot of chairs and stack it one on top of the other and with that, I would climb up and reach the moon one day. I wanted to be an astronaut. And then it evolved into many variations musician, anchor, doctor, MC, scientist, travel blogger and a writer. In my head, I thought I could do it all and it seemed unfair to have to choose only one.
Why do you do what you do?
After my 12th grade for choosing the stream that I should do as my major, everyone said go for IT. It pays well and that it is the next big thing. Having done my 12th stream in Math and Science and being an old soul, the world was changing very fast and I did not want to be behind the IT Wagon. I believed in people touch rather than machine touch. This was in the 2008’s when coding was still the new jargon. For entrepreneurial reasons, I ended up taking International Business.
Why did you choose to take up a full-time job instead of entrepreneurship?
To answer that question honestly – Capital. The $$$ for starting your own business which I didn’t have was the reason I chose a full-time job. But also, for the experience before you head off on your own.
How did you end up in this industry?
The opportunity presented itself, I was hired for a different role but after the interview, my Employer felt I would be best suited for a Sales role and puff – I became an IT Solution Sales Manager overnight. I realized later that I enjoyed it after all. The rapid changes, the stacking of technology one on top of each other, the fast evolution of AI, Machine learning and Blockchain technology. And the close. When you finally convince your client to change and adapt to the latest technology. We are living in an interesting era where there is no going back. And after so long of resisting the technological changes, I embraced it.
Would you say this job is something you pursue as a part of your passion?
I wouldn’t say it is part of my passion, but I would say it’s stepping stones of where I plan to be one day. Which is leveraging technological advances in changing lives in agriculture, health care, transportation, education and other sectors.
What do you love most about your job?
It’s ever-changing nature. That there is always something new that will ease the lives of millions through technological advances. You don’t know what’s the next big thing coming up and what is needed today might become obsolete overnight. It keeps you on your toes. The things we can do with technology, its variations and permutations are endless and that pique’s my mind.
How did you discover your passion? Describe the series of events:
When you mean passion there are many. I love organizing events, the whole process of writing down list of what to plan, whom to invite, what to do, themes, what’s going to be the one different thing, sequence of things to take place, how can I add value and make the whole experience memorable, one of a kind and enjoyable. How did I know it was my passion? I can go about it whole day and night, without tiring and with the same zeal when I started.
Do you have a side hustle that’s a part of your income? (not investment based)
I do write from time to time. Also, I do a bit of event management.
What motivates you?
Stories. True Stories of resilience, of souls budding and finding their call in the darkest hours. A couple of days back I read a story by Azmat Khan, an investigative reporter of the NY Times of an Iraqi man named Basim Razzo whose family was blown away by the US-led ISIS airstrike. How did he react to such an adversity of that magnitude is something inspirational.
Have you identified your ‘life purpose’? If yes, how did you do so?
It’s a state of flux. Life purpose to my 8-year self – was to study well, play as much as I can and keep my parents happy. To my 18-year-old self was to get the highest grades and get into a good college, to my 28-year self is to rise up the corporate ladder so as to have a variety of visibility and skills with a position to help others at a later stage. Be the best at what you do and do it with passion and that will create a butterfly effect ripple of a positive outcome. To the question, if I’ve found my life purpose yet. No. I haven’t.
What is the most important thing you look out for from your job/career?
Freedom, Creativity, Independence, and growth. If I am not going to learn something new in that role, it’s not for me.
What is an ideal lifestyle that you want to live? Describe it:
Wake up in the morning before the sunrise, do a half hour of meditation with Yoga. Drink Coffee in peace before the buzz of the day sets in. Read. Current affairs, news, tidbits, whatever is in your mind for the day. Then bullet points what you want to accomplish for the day. Kickstart and assign a chunk of power hours of the day where you do nothing but focus your 100% on the bullet task you have assigned yourself earlier. Finish. Spend time with my two daughters starting with a bit of play, cooking and having a meal together and then teaching them ending with some reading. And also the luxury to work from home on the day you just don’t want to interact with a Human being.
What is the next big milestone for you in your life?
I like to live life one day at a time, though I do have a plan B, C, D, E, F ahead – for now, I am focused on acquiring new skills in the tech environment – looking at coding a bit, AI, and Machine learning and also learning how to invest wisely and still wrapping my head around block chains and cryptocurrencies. The actions taken for acquiring these skills will be the next new milestone in my life. As everything seeps away slowly – the only thing that still remains with you forever will be your knowledge, experience and skill set. I am looking to widen that horizon.
How can our readers reach you?
Linkedin, Social Media and my email: firstname.lastname@example.org – with the world so interconnected it’s impossible to be off the grid.