A career in tech was not always at the top of the list for Shilpa Apte, engineering manager at SurveyMonkey.

In fact, she describes herself as a ‘lost undergrad’ who lacked conviction when it came to choosing a career path.


It was not until she studied computer science in college did she consider the industry might be for her.

Part of her initial aversion to a career in tech was the misconception that a role as an engineer would mean a solitary work environment and little human interaction.

“I’m the type of person that if I’m not talking to someone throughout the day, I’ll go stir crazy. I didn’t want to work totally alone”, she says.

It’s probably the reason why people management is what she enjoys most about her job at SurveyMonkey.

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