What is your current Job Title or Role?
Software Architect
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Make sure you study at least one technical or science subject at a high level, and just go for it. Don't be afraid to go for what you want, and when you have a job, don't be afraid of picking up tasks even if you have no idea how to do them to start with. The less you know about something when you start, the more you will learn in the process of doing it!
How did you get to where you are today?
I did a degree in Physics & Maths, and after university started working for a software company who wanted people with good degrees, but didn't care about the subject. It was on the job learning and I've never stopped doing this. I took a big break from software development when I had kids and went into teaching for a while. When I came back into software development I had to start basically from the beginning in terms of job level, but it didn't take long to work my way back up.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Each day is a bit different, but I might spend time writing a new microservice, figuring out how to make something work, having meetings with people from around the world, helping solve issues in our Production environments, or planning our workload or discussing requirements.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I've always had a logical mind, and loved figuring out how to make things work. My dad has always been in STEM in one way or another, and I loved learning things from him and about what he did.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the feeling of reward when figuring out a particularly difficult technical challenge or bit of code, and seeing systems installed and running in Production!
What do you like to do outside work?
I dance salsa, run (preferably long distance) and play the piano. I also love travelling and recently travelled for 5 months around Europe with my family whilst still working part time.