Mahwish Ahmed is an individual from Irvine, California who demonstrates behaviors of a high performer. She acts with urgency when it comes to situations that need immediate attention. She is trustworthy and acts with integrity at all times. She has a type A personality which means that she is competitive, outgoing, ambitious, and impatient. With the characteristics of a leader who likes to leave a positive impact on people’s lives. Mahwish has excelled in her career in a short amount of time and is now in a managing role where she is leading a department.
She is a person who is optimistic about the future even during difficult times, she is a great role model to those around her and is the first to be approached for advice among family and friends. She loves to read fiction, watch movies, and discuss her perspective with family and friends.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
I will be very honest, I did not know what steez is. I just looked it up on google and see that it is a slang or acronym for style with ease. Now I know!
My Steez in clothing is casual yet stylish. For example, I pair jeans with button down shirts and in the winter with nice sweaters. I dress it up with light jewelry and boots or nice heels. I would say my steez is preppy.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
Doctor and a Teacher! Since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a doctor. I had a doctor playset with fake medicines, bandages, and a stethoscope which I used to carry around all the time in my white coat. I used to treat my family and prescribe them medicine even when they were not sick.
Every weekend, I used to be my grandfather’s teacher. I had my own board and used to teach him what I learned in school pretending to be his teacher. I used to give him homework to do during the week and follow up on his progress during my next visit. So I would say I used to be a doctor and a teacher.
What inspired you to get into your current field?
Interesting question. Well, I was pre-med but found engineering to be very interesting with medical school in mind after completion of a bachelor’s degree. During my undergraduate studies, I was admitted into the Bachelors and Masters Engineering Program, again, with a hope to pursue medicine. During my final year in the Master’s program, I got accepted into an internship which led to a full time job. Since then, I have been climbing up the ladder. The best part of my job is that I am not only exposed to technical aspects of a product but also the clinical aspects of medical procedures and potential outcomes.
What is one current trend that excites you?
Wearable technology or devices are a current trend that is very exciting as you have the information like your heart rate, steps, calories burned at your fingertips. This innovative technology lets you manage your health and lifestyle easily. Your decisions are based on data.
With any new technology, there are areas that need improvement in wearable technology, like synchronization and battery life (of an activity tracker). In the future, we should be seeing innovative and improved ways of utilizing the wearable technology to better manage our health and our lifestyle.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is overcoming the fear of adapting to changes and taking risks. The first experience I had was when I relocated from the Southeast of the US to Northeast on my own and adapting to the lifestyle of the Northeast. I had to learn the culture and overcome the fear of failure in a new location and new job. This helped to build my confidence, accept challenges and obstacles, make decisions and accept both the positive and negative consequences of those decisions, and learn from those mistakes. I applied my learnings from the relocation to the Northeast region of the country during my relocation across to the West coast and apply them during different situations in life.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
In general, I have mixed feelings about social media. With social media, it is easy to connect to people, keep in touch with family and friends and communicate instantaneously with a large number of audiences if needed. However, with social media comes another set of challenges. We are not connecting in person with others, we are losing authenticity, meaning people do activities and buy things so they can post on social media.
For me, professional websites has been beneficial for my career. I have not only been able to build a network for people from my industry but other industries as well. This has helped me exchange ideas, learn about practices, topics, and network for career opportunities.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
I would start with taking a summer semester in college traveling abroad and learn different languages and cultures. I would also join the rotational program that larger corporations offer during the start of my career to explore all functional areas of a company. Rotational programs provide young professionals an opportunity to learn all aspects of an organization so they have a broader understanding which helps them narrow down their area of interest. I would also find a mentor from the beginning of my professional career to help me guide through the beginning stages of my career.
What do you see for the future?
What I hope for the future is success and happiness working in the industry I love and growing within my professional career to influence others and be an inspirational leader.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
We have a lot of commitments and obligations during the day, to our families, our boss, our teams, our peers, list goes on and on. It can be overwhelming at times and stressful. Write down your commitments for the day, especially in the morning, and prioritize them and work your way down. I know I personally feel that when I have all of my tasks written down in terms of priority, I am able to manage them better and re-prioritize as necessary. Lists can be on paper or electronic based on preference.