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Linda Shi

Linda Shi is a programmer working at games company PikPok.

Linda outside of workWhat do you do on an average work day?
Usually I start the day with [Agile management process] Scrum, finding out what needs to be done for each project milestone, deciding on what is most important for the upcoming milestone, and then working towards it with other programmers and artists.

What did you study at school? And after high school?
I studied a variety of things in high school - Art, Accounting and Information Management. I left before finishing year 13 because I had already decided what I wanted to do, which was studying games development and programming at Media Design School in Auckland. 

Was your study directly related to what you do now?
My passion for games, and developing games, is what lead me to this.

What would you like to share with young women who are thinking about their career choices right now?
One thing to share with young women is that it is never too late to start something. Back when I was in high school, I worried about my future, about choosing the correct classes for next year. But it's never too late to start something, and make sure you don't miss out.

What are some of your career highlights so far?
It's really awesome to do what I do every day, but knowing that the games that we make bring joy to our players is the best. Having their feedback on the game is something I really enjoy.

Why is it important to have more women working in STEM?
Even nowadays the gender imbalance in STEM is still an issue. Women bring in different views and different opinions. Also a lot of products and services related to STEM are targeted at women, so having women working on these is crucial.

Linda Shi is a programmer working at games company PikPok.

This profile is part of our series of girls and women in STEM. 
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