Read about Zainab Khan
Communications and Outreach Unit, Office of Information and Communications Technology
What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?
I have worked as a content writer in technology for about seven years. With technological advancements rapidly occurring worldwide, I am constantly looking for opportunities to help me grow and challenge myself. As a writer, I am responsible for educating and informing people, through the art of words, of the new and upcoming technological advances around us. As I was deciding on my next career move, I unexpectedly came across an opportunity at the UN. My journey with the UN started purely by chance, reminding me of Rumi's words, "What you seek is seeking you."
What has been your favorite IT project at the United Nations and what was your technical contribution?
Every day at the United Nations, I get to do my favourite thing: write! My contributions as a writer allow me to produce quality work that people across the UN read. Writing for technology has allowed me to stay updated with the latest technological advancements worldwide. Moreover, as I work on various writing tasks at the UN, I am reminded that words are magical because they have the power to impact readers. I think for this reason alone, I constantly feel that my work is adding value.
What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?
The world will begin to perceive you the same way you perceive yourself; therefore, thinking highly of yourself is the most important. Women interested in pursuing a field in technology must understand that the journey is not always easy, so it is crucial to have a work and life balance. Too often, women experience burnout because of a lack of support and resources. Diving into the technology field has its unique set of challenges but if you remember that your overall health comes first, it will allow you to achieve long-term success.