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Muslims and Tech with Ali Jaffery, Associate Director at Moodys Analytics

Ali Jaffery is the Associate Director at Moodys Analytics. Moody's Analytics is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation. They provide financial intelligence and analytical tools supporting clients' growth, efficiency and risk management objectives.

1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background (how you got to where you are) and current role?

I started as a software developer in the aviation industry and realised that I was better testing than developing. I have worked in a variety of industries in QA or Testing roles across my 12 year career, I am in between roles as I move on to my role as Associate Director at Moody Analytics.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Wake up for Fajr, read Quran and have rest. Have breakfast and start work. Catch up with colleagues or triage defects. Attend daily standup, set priorities for the day. Testing may involve API, SQL or usual manual testing of our web or mobile applications. I answer customer queries and help team members. Have lunch, sometimes with family as working remotely. Pray Dhuhr and Asr. Call with team members or staff. Get back to work and finish by 5pm.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I think we have a finite time in this life and we need to spend it doing things that bring purpose and meaning. I set up Strong Support, a not for profit that helps Muslims struggling with sexual or gender identity. Living my life purpose means that I set time for my career goals and family time, but it is a huge struggle and I don't always get it right

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I have been reflecting a lot on sincerity. Do I do the work for the money or the fame? Having a pure sincere intention to help someone is one of the most beautiful qualities you could have.

5) What brings you peace during stressful times?

Knowing that God is with me in times of stress and ease, I just don't see it.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you are consuming and like to recommend?

My friend Waheed Jensen has a great podcast with A Way Beyond the Rainbow

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

I love Brene Brown, living life vulnerably would help my authenticity in keeping that balance/

7) What’s the one piece of advice you would give our readers for managing stress and creating a healthy mental state?

Stress is a reality, we can use our feelings of fear or apprehension in a positive way to get results, to push us to do things or in a negative way to worry us about what the future may hold. Live in the present and be grateful for what you have. I have never seen a grateful individual badly coping with stress

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