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Georgie Barrat

The Gadget Show presenter

 

And -  ITV's 'Weekend' resident tech expert and regular guest on BBC's Tech Tent 

By working in STEM you have the ability to shape the world around you.

What do you do?

I am a technology journalist and broadcaster in London. I film the TV series The Gadget Show which sees me travelling around the world learning about the next big tech trends and what cutting edge innovations are about to come to market. I’ve been to Boston to test instant translator earbuds and have ridden an electric surfboard in Sweden. The job is incredibly varied and you get to meet some fascinating people.

 

Alongside this I also write for various publications and speak on radio and TV shows about how tech is shaping us both culturally and socially. It fascinates me to think about how AI might impact the way we work or find love or even get about our cities.

Why did you choose this field?

Tech was always a common language in our house. I knew I wanted to become a journalist by the time I got to sixth form, so I decided to study English at university. When I graduated there was so much innovation going on it the tech space and London was really starting to establish itself as a tech hub so it felt like the natural fit to go into this space. I started to make online video reports for the publication Tech City News and from there my freelance career as a tech journalist grew.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Getting The Gadget Show gig! I have been the fan of the show since I was young and when I found out I got it I couldn’t believe that I would now be the one in front of the camera. I still have to pinch myself when I’m sat with Jon and he’s talking about the latest camera specifications and I’m like “Wow I’m actually here with him - not watching him on TV!” 

Why do you love working in STEM?

"I find the industry open and the people a delight to work with."

I’m so inspired by all the people that I report on. Tech now is part of everything that we do, so there’s so many areas to work in.

Best advice for the next generation

By working in STEM you have the ability to shape the world around you. You will have the option to travel, count inspiring people as your co-workers and pull on your entrepreneurial skills. It’s also a job guaranteed for life. AI will take many professions, but we will always need people to build and maintain the AI.

Fun fact

I love the podcast ‘How To Fail’. Each week they interview a female entrepreneur and talk about their failures, getting rid of the stigma around failure. The whole premise is that everyone fails, so let’s talk about these times to ensure that we fail forward in the future.