Developer, Creator, Speaker, Community-builder and Self-Development Enthusiast.
Pauline Narvas is a passionate multi-hyphenate – a person with a hyphenated profession. She is a self-taught developer, a speaker, and a community builder. She has been documenting stuff on the internet since 2008, and is now working in DevOps with EE, as well as a remote developer. She is on a mission to live her healthiest, happiest life. Her areas of interest include tech, the digital world, health and personal development.
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity is about representing everyone from all walks of life in the workplace and beyond! It is the key in successful businesses as it brings talent, innovation and most importantly, humans together.
Why do you care about diversity?
When I was growing up, I hadn’t seen successful people that looked like me and this impacted me more than I knew. I grew up thinking that because I’m Asian/Filipino and female, I can only be average and passive in my life. After all, I hardly saw any people of colour in the books that I read, in mainstream TV and even the leaders of the society I was growing up in. As a result, I lacked confidence compared to my white peers as a teenager up to my early adult life.
Since my first realisation of the power of the lack of diversity, I started seeing it in younger people – in particular, younger girls who decide early on what they can’t do because it’s labelled as what boys do or simply because they lack that self-belief due to gender cues from society.
This is why I care about diversity. This is why I will always stand up, share my story and say hey, yes, this is me: a woman of colour making waves and leading myself in every aspect of my life, because I can and you can too!
What is your advice to a young person starting their career or entrepreneurial journey?
My advice to a young person starting their journey is that it’s OK to not to know exactly what you want to do. Heck – I still don’t know exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life and that’s OK! Especially in this fast-moving, tech-led society, there are so many opportunities for everyone. There will be jobs you and I will be doing that don’t exist yet! Start by identifying what you love (e.g. writing, creating, coding) but keep your options open and be flexible because there is one thing you can guarantee that will happen in the years to come and that is change.