An interview with Rana Ahmed from 3M

By:Lucy Neal

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An interview with Rana Ahmed from 3M

We sat down with Rana Ahmed, a Senior DevOps Engineer based in Ireland who works for our sponsor, 3M to uncover what makes her feel empowered as a woman in DevOps, we touched on her career achievements and what strategies businesses can implement to tackle the gender imbalance in DevOps

Rana joined 3M at the start of this year from her role in AWS as a DevOps consultant. She has been working in tech for 7+ years almost 3 years of which have been in Ireland after moving from Egypt. She has always been interested in tech since she was a child and was lucky enough to have parents that highly encouraged her to pursue it, and gave her support along the way to make sure she can make a career out of it.

Her work has been focused on Cloud technologies and best practices enforcement (security, cost, efficiency) as well as different approaches to interacting with creating and managing resources using infrastructure as code. She also works collaboratively with other DevOps engineers and developers to ensure a better experience for continuous integration and continuous delivery/deployment methods to ensure quick and as pain-free approaches as possible.


What empowers you as a woman?

“Clear goals and objectives for my future are what motivates me.”


What strategies can businesses do to empower women and break biases?

“Removing prejudgement in the hiring process since the start of finding candidate through actually joining the team. I find the main issues faced have all been down to biases that some recruiter may sometime have.”


Biggest career and personal achievements 

“I have different technical projects that I have worked on through my career that I consider my biggest achievement and that tends to change, at the moment I would say my biggest achievement is moving to Ireland and perusing a career in a different country.”


Advice to your younger self

“Overall I am of the mindset of not changing the past because it got me where I am, but I would say the advice would be not to take it too hard on myself, enjoy the journey more and not worry too much about the destination.”


Who is your female role model, and why?.

“I have always had a conflicted feeling on the term role model, since I believe more of valuing people’s actions over people, as most time great people are not good people. So I would say a lot of women I met in tech that has been really influential to me. Additionality “Sameera Moussa” who was the first Egyptian female nuclear physicist who worked on the medical use for atomic energy was a figure I have always been impressed by.”