Renka Pooja

BSc Mathematics, 2016
Chapter Lead in Quality Engineering, Admiral Group Plc

I work with both engineers and stakeholders to ensure the quality of our web application remains high for our customers. I lead on the software testing and quality approach in my area of the business where I am involved in various initiatives. This involves implementing testing strategies across teams, investigating new tools to use for programming, and creating roadmaps for improvements. I also manage multiple Quality Engineers where I have regular catch ups to discuss their objectives and performance.

Renka Pooja

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

I love the flexibility to work on different projects where I am not limited to one area!

What made you interested in your current role?

I actually went through a career change and decided to take a gamble and upskill myself in a programming language. After spending a couple of years as a software quality engineer, I decided to persue the people leadership path as I really enjoyed mentoring people.

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

I think I have completely changed as a person since I left university as I was quite unsure what to do next and didn't really having a clear career path to follow. Since then, I have worked in multiple industries and jobs and developed more self confidence.

What skills you learned from your degree or time at University would you say you use most in your job?

My attention to detail is one of my best transferrable skills from my Mathematics degree. When you are working through a problem, the last thing you want is to get 85% through and realise you made a tiny mistake in first few lines of the solution. It all has a domino effect through, so this mindset of paying attention to detail has helped me in my work.

We Are Birmingham Alumni

What motivates you?

I also strive to be the best version of myself so I'm motivated by constantly wanting to develop myself.

Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?

Location was an important factor to me but University of Birmingham is a highly reputable university so that definitely appealed too.

What are your fondest memories of the University?

Working in Starbucks sipping Terrys hot chocolate before Christmas and working on my Mathematics assignment. The campus had a cosy vibe throughout the whole year and it was lovely to walk around throughout any season. There were always so many places to work too!

What advice would you give to current students studying on your degree programme?

I would advise other students to make the most of your time at university and don't put so much pressure on yourself. Take this time to get involved in extra curricular activities and learn more about yourself and what makes you happy.