After overcoming some personal difficulties through my teens, I ended up in a comfortable call centre position. I never thought I’d have a chance at a career I would love. I worked in jobs where I strived to perform at the highest standard expected, but there was no chance of progression. After having a daughter when I was 20, I decided it was time for a change. I was tired of customer service jobs where I felt my skills were unused. The work I’m doing now is what I was made for, and the tech industry is where I’m meant to be.
I wasn’t expecting to have a talent in software development, I just wanted a job to provide for my daughter. After studying for a few months at foundation degree level, I realised the potential I had to do something amazing. I’ve discovered my passions lie in coding and inclusivity, and making sure everyone, regardless of background or privilege, has access to skills and knowledge.
Foundation degree in software engineering at Belfast Met (UU Associate Student). 2017-2019.
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- I have various minor roles representing charities from I was as young as 13, volunteering is something I’m passionate in.
- Numerous STEM activities all aimed at youths to encourage them to partake in IT related subjects.
- I spoke at a Bring IT On unconference for International Women’s Day 2018 about my unconventional journey into the IT industry.
- Attended a Space Data hackathon on 24thand 25th of February 2018.
- I attend multiple meetup groups, such as Women Tech Space, Women Who Code, Code Co-Op.
- I am one of the organisers for Django Girls, which is a coding workshop focusing on the Django framework using Python. It runs roughly twice a year.
- I spoke at NI Developer’s Conference, my talk was titled ‘I Don’t Know What I’m Doing’.
- I volunteered at the conference for the full day.
- I helped set up a non-profit, Tech Education Network November. (Director between June – July 2018)
- I “organise” a self-led yoga club at Farset Labs.
- I started a family friendly tech meetup, open to families & children of all ages to ensure everyone can be included, since most social activities don’t suit parents.
- I’m currently working on a project to build a membership management portal for a non-profit with a team of 2 other developers.
- I’m teaching an Introduction to Digital Marketing and Design course to a group of NEETS (youths not in employment, education or training) in West Belfast from 26th July – 23rd
- I spoke at Django Girls (June 2018) about Tech Education Network to encourage people to attend the launch.
Other Minor Roles (Jobs that helped tide me over until I discovered the tech world)
- Snakes ‘N’ Ladders: May 2013 – January 2014. Floor Staff
- Teleperformance LTD: May 2014 – October 2014. Customer Service Advisor
- Independent Sales Advisor for Care to Give: October 2015 – December 2015. Sales
- Convergys – Vodafone customer care team: January – March 2015. Customer Advisor
- Brook Street – NI Direct: April 2015 – September 2017. Customer Service Representative
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Glenlola Collegiate School, Bangor. 2007 – 2014 GCSES
- 9 GCSEs – A-C. Including english (A) and maths (B)
- Business Studies – C
- Art and Design – C
- Religious Studies – A
- English Literature – B
- Religious Studies – D
- English Literature – B