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My life at Lendi: imposter syndrome and stepping up into a leadership role

In this article, Ping shares with us her exciting journey at Lendi, her tips for surviving and thriving in the technology field, whilst balancing motherhood, overcoming the challenges of imposter syndrome and stepping into a team leadership role. In Ping’s own words: "Stay curious, stay focused, be professional and respectable.”

I joined Lendi three years ago as a middleware software engineer. My contribution was quickly recognised and I was promoted to Senior Software Engineer. Through hard work, consistency and high quality results, I was promoted to Principal Engineer and most recently into an engineering Team Lead role for the Integrations Team.

Does it sound exciting? It certainly is!

Is it easy? Not always.

Is it exciting? Yes.

A few key highlights whilst on my Lendi Journey have been:

  • Not only do I have a voice, but my voice is heard;
  • My efforts and contributions are recognised and rewarded.

We have a super supportive culture and leadership team and without this, none of the achievements above could have happened.

How Lendi has changed since I joined:

When I started at Lendi, there were 20 engineers, the tech stack was largely legacy monolithic. In an attempt to make the platform faster, more scalable and reliable for a much better user experience, the engineering team has rapidly grown to approximately 100 people. The platform has gone through a significant uplift by replacing legacy tech stacks with modern technologies. Event-driven micro-service architecture is our core.

A typical workday for me:

I start my day by going over my schedule, emails and messages, taking notes and updating to-do lists. Then time for morning team standup, then many design discussions, tech discussions, PR reviews, coding, etc. The challenge for me now is to find the right balance between meetings, supporting the team to ensure project delivery, and still be able to have my own focus time. The lockdown has had little impact on me as Lendi’s Flex First policy has made it easy to work collaboratively, to learn new things, and manage my time and priorities.

My tips for success:

As a Software Engineer who has been in the industry for many years, here is my advice to other others in the field:

Do you experience imposter syndrome? You are not alone. Most of us have this issue, more or less. The important thing is, to not let this take control. Speak up, ask questions, or talk to trusted friends. You must believe in yourself. Find the strength, try to focus on what is within your control. Focus on factors and actions rather than opinions.

Find a supportive community: You don’t need to do it alone. I suggest finding a strong network either at work or outside of work. At Lendi, we have a Women In Tech group. The group has grown significantly over the years and the foundation is very strong. We have regular catch ups and events to get together, support each other and celebrate each other's personal and professional progress. This group was initiated and sponsored by Lendi’s Executive Team. I have been part of this group since the beginning, and have experienced various initiatives and significant growth within the whole organisation. I believe that Lendi has evolved into one of the best workplaces.

Surround yourself with positive energy: Without an open and welcome mindset, none of these would have been possible.

My contributions are valued, this enables me to make a positive impact on the company, as an engineer and as a Leader. It is fair to say that working at Lendi has brought out the best in me both professionally and personally. Nothing can beat this feeling, and for this, I am very grateful and very proud to be part of the Lendi family. I look forward to many more years ahead. May this spirit last for as long as it can. As a working mother of four (two kids, a cat, and a dog), I have survived and thrived in the technology field, and I am still learning and growing. If I can do it, so can you.

Stay curious, stay focused, be professional and respectable.

Lendi is hiring!

We're always on the lookout for passionate, motivated individuals who are excited about innovation and ongoing learning. If you're looking for a new opportunity check out our open roles and company page to find out more.

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