​Millenial Perspective: Engineer Takes on Adventures, Risks at Work

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Amrit Kaur typically spends her weekends taking on adventures and risks.

But her heroic endeavors don’t stop after the weekend. Amrit continues her passion for challenges as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman, where she is just as excited as she is hiking on steep trails – especially since she can be just as inquisitive and tenacious at work.

“Northrop Grumman allows me to be myself, which is why I enjoy coming into work every day,” Amrit says. “I’ve never felt the need to change who I am at work. I’m accepted for who I am.”

Amrit started as an intern in May 2013, and she’s never left. Prior to her software engineering role, she was a technical college intern and software development analyst. Throughout her Northrop Grumman journey, Amrit has been challenged to learn new technologies under tight deadlines, and she’s even worked on projects independently – from scratch.

“I’ve gotten to the point where I embrace change instead of resisting it and seek challenges rather than fearing them,” Amrit says. “I’ve frequently been pushed outside of my comfort zone, which has helped me recognize my true potential. Northrop Grumman is accommodating to young people with energy who crave challenges.”

​Not only does her technical role provide her with opportunities for growth, but she’s also immersed herself in Northrop Grumman Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). With no prior experience in event planning, she successfully coordinated a speed executive mentoring event for the African American Task Group ERG, and she currently serves as the group’s chair for the northern Virginia chapter.
 
“ERGs are very supportive of employees like me who are just starting their career. They are a great way to meet new people in fun environments,” Amrit says. “ERGs provide opportunities for networking events, community outreach projects and other fun activities, including our annual Dragon Boat race hosted by our Asian Pacific Professional Network ERG.”
 
“Northrop Grumman’s diverse and inclusive environment is what drew me to the company. . .”
 
According to Forbes.com, 60 percent of millennials leave their jobs in less than three years. Upward mobility, ERGs and approachable leadership are just a few reasons Amrit believes millennials like her are happy at Northrop Grumman. In addition, she’s made friendships and developed mentors who are genuinely interested in her development.
 
“Northrop Grumman’s diverse and inclusive environment is what drew me to the company initially,” says Linnie Haynesworth, vice president and general manager of our cyber and intelligence mission solutions division, which Amrit works in. “From specialized development opportunities to the chance to learn and work on groundbreaking projects, the company offers women engineers the opportunity to tackle challenging, rewarding problems.”

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