Interview with Shumaila Farhad | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Shumaila Farhad

Interview with Shumaila Farhad

Q: Is there something your town/city is famous for, or something interesting or unique about it?

A: I am from Nowshera, which is a major district of KP. My area is famous for “Taru Jabba Kabab.” Our land is fertile and known for growing pears and plums.


Q: Favourite subject in school? A favorite course at university?

A: I received my Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, and currently, I am pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science from Abasyn University, Peshawar. 

I was fond of Pakistan Studies because it was interesting for me to study our history and culture in detail.


Q: Work experience?

A: I have a versatile work background. I spent two years teaching computer science and programming at IBA school systems. Following my passion, I worked for six months with Aptech Media, where I was a part of a UI/UX design, web design, and web development project. I am glad to have had a chance to work as a graphic designer. I am also working as a part-time freelancer.


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I love sketching. Apart from that, I am interested in photography and fashion design. A recent addition would be playing video games.


Q: Why did you apply to the KP Government Innovation Fellowship?

A: To work in a professional team environment, improve my skills, and gain a diversified experience in the IT profession. I believe that the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program can groom me and bring my expertise to the next level.


Q: Which government department were you assigned to work with? What solution did you work on?

A: I was assigned to work with the Private Schools Regulatory Authority, and I was responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the Private Schools E-Registration system.


Q: What did you accomplish and learn during your Fellowship?

A: I got to gain a lot of new experiences, and also my skill sets were improved a lot.


Q: Any other achievements you want to share?

A: It’s hard to believe, but techies can also be creative enthusiasts. I am running a blog titled “ Tea for Techie.” I think that even if your profession is too dry to relax you, you can always find opportunities to convert your job into relaxation, and for me being able to do that is an achievement.


Q: How has your experience of the Fellowship program and working with the government been like? What were the challenges? What were the positive aspects?

A: I got to learn a lot about several new things and processes. My experience has been great. The programmers on our team had to face a few data-related issues that created some delays. Other than that, it was a great experience.


Q: What was your favorite part of being a Fellow?

A: The friendly environment and working with a professional team.


Q: What was the unique quality you brought to the Fellowship?

A: My presentation skills.


Q: What do you hope will be the impact of the work that you did? What do you hope this will achieve?

A: Accessibility for people in remote areas.


Q: What is one civic/social problem in your community/hometown that you think needs to be solved urgently?

A: Two issues that I would like to resolve is the lack of higher female education and early marriages of girls.


Q: What is your favorite book/movie/tv show, and why?

A: I like The Ellen Show because I enjoy seeing interviews with little kids that are prodigies.


Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: That I can have experience in fashion designing.


Q: How would other people (friends, colleagues) describe you?

A: Somebody who is mischievous and naughty.


Q: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?

A: Not a superpower, but I would like to resolve all the issues going on in Pakistan and turn it into a stable country.


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