What is your current Job Title or Role?
Campaign Support Manager
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Research what you ultimately want to do and plan the road you need to take - whether it is academically, vocationally or through the volunteer route. Work hard and enjoy what you do - to have a job that you like doing makes the tough days easier and the good days even better!
How did you get to where you are today?
Not through taking my own advice above! I have probably fallen into each role that I have ever taken, but somehow each role has made me ready for the next. I have been open to advice and different opportunities - the best suggestion that I have been given was to "Make yourself the logical choice" after narrowly missing out on a promotion opportunity many years ago. With this in mind, I enrolled in night classes and undertook an HNC in Software Engineering - 1 year into the course, I received that promotion! Since then, I have taken other courses and taken on challenges both inside and outside of work that were stretch opportunities. I have a strong network inside work, getting to know new people and building relationships is a core part of my being. By knowing people within my business makes life so much easier when there is a problem to solve and you need help - or even when you want to reach out and ask for a different opinion.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
There are 2 main things I do at work - one is my day job which fundamentally is Programme & Change Management ( I like planning! ). The other is being Chair of our local Women's Network - promoting diversity and inclusion within our workplace, and aiming to reduce gender stereotypes and bias. Our network is involved in all kinds of things - from assisting in the review of company policies from a Diversity & Inclusion angle, to arranging networking events and even a bring your child to work day - it really is very rewarding.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
Quite honestly I fell into it. At school I was into Classics and Languages with the aim of becoming a journalist. However life lead me a different way and I began my career in IT over 20 years ago within an engineering company. STEM underpins so much of what we do, regardless of our specialism. I am especially keen for more women to enter the industry - working with our children in local schools before they make their GCSE choices is especially important. Being aware of this now will definitely help me encourage both my children (a boy and a girl) to know the choices available to them and how rewarding a career in this environment can be.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Getting to know new people in work. The planning and programme management aspects are really good fun - I like to see 'stuff get done' and being part of solution and making a difference.
What do you like to do outside work?
I am a school governor - making a difference to our local schools is so rewarding. I have a young family and am a carer for my Mum, so life is very busy. I also like gaming when I get the opportunity - what can I say!