Years in Tech
Frontend Development & UI Design
14th December 2018
What experiences led you to technology and how did you develop the skills to compete in the industry?
I used to be obsessed with this online game called Neopets, which had some very basic programming in it. Because I was so obsessed with the game, I even started developing fan sites for it, which gave me more experience with creating websites and doing graphic design work. This started when I was about 13/14, and continued for a few years but I eventually stopped building websites as much as I had more school work to do. While I was at university, I discovered computer science, andmy love was re-ignited. I decided that after I graduated from my Masters, I would give this career a shot, and it worked out!
How has your background helped/differentiated you in the tech industry?
Because I was self taught for most of my life, I never really experienced the sexism that most women do when they are just trying to get started in tech. However, once I started working in the industry, the lack of gender representationwas very apparent. I think the fact that I am a women definitely made me more “different”, but in a way I think it helped me once I was already established to have more of a voice.
What advice would you give to women considering a career in technology? What do you wish you had known?
If this is a career you really want to pursue, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or that it’s not for you.