Sharmila Kumar has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Prist University and graduated in 2012. She is the first person in her family to go to University. Her parents ran their own business in India.
Sharmila loves computer programming and teaching. She worked in IT for about 2 years and taught computer science in India before moving to Australia in 2014.
It was back then nearly 6 years ago that she first started volunteering at St Kilda Mums, and then she returned to India for a short period, then her second child was born 2 years ago (she also has a 8 year old).
She completed Cert IV in Cyber Security in 2021 and Cert IV in Web Technologies in 2015 in Australia. Sharmila estimates that she had applied for 70 IT jobs over the last year, and did not even make the short list. Without local experience her resume never made it to the top of the pile.
She joined Blaze in June this year to gain valuable work experience. Sharmila has done internships whilst raising her kids but never got a full time role. She did projects in Food Sutra and Beekay Enterprises and a part time job at a childcare centre to gain local experience, but she had no way of getting back into IT full time in Australia.
After joining Blaze, she concentrated on learning all she could, and joined us for our daily morning classes contributing to many pro bono projects. This gave her confidence and valuable job readiness skills and motivated her to keep up her momentum.
Finally Sharmila was shortlisted for a role. And that shortlist turned into a job offer and Sharmila is now an Security Analyst Associate in the Security Team for QBE Insurance.
Sharmila is extremely delighted and thanked the team at Blaze for all the support. She is planning to contribute to Blaze and non-profit organizations as much as she can.
Sharmila's favourite quote is “A dream is not something that you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep.” Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former Indian President and Aerospace scientist.
Congratulations Sharmila - we are all so happy for you.