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Pauline Narvas

Digital Development and Operations Graduate, BT

 

And - Recognised JP Morgan's Future 100 - Most Influential Women 2019, Code First's Top 25 under 20 Women in Tech and Entrepreneurship 

There is so much yet to be discovered and implemented in our day-to-day that can positively transform the world.

What do you do?

I currently am on a training programme that gives me an insight of the Digital Engineering teams in the Consumer Digital division at BT, these include Digital Architecture, Development, Testing, Solution Design etc. This scheme runs for 2 years, with 4 different team rotations. Outside of my 9-5, I’m also a freelance remote web developer and designer and content creator.

Why did you choose this field?

Originally, I went to pursue a sciences career. I undertook a degree in Biomedical Sciences at University, but once I completed it, I moved straight into technology where my true passion is! The moment that made me realise that this was something I wanted to pursue was when I was in my second year where I discovered an all-female coding community class, Code First: Girls. Although I had been developing websites in the past as a hobby (alongside blogging), I signed up to be part of a community - especially a female-led one, something which at the time was so unfamiliar to me... I wanted to get involved! Since then,I’ve helped the local community grow and in turn been inspired to speak at events, help others and keep learning in the tech space!

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

"The lack of role models growing up impacted me a lot in my younger years, contributing greatly to my lack of confidence."

In 2018, I was nominated for several awards and included on several lists alongside incredibly successful women including, The Tab and JP Morgan’s Future 100 - Most Influential Women 2018 and Code First: Girls’ Top 25 under 30 Women in Tech and Entrepreneurship. These are recognition and achievements I never thought I would be able to reach, especially as a my former timid self who lived and breathed self-doubt. If I could go back, I wish I could tell my younger self that she can do anything she wants but that first step is self-belief.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because it is an ever-evolving industry, there is so much yet to be discovered and implemented to our day-to-day that can positively transform the world.

Best advice for the next generation

I think the best advice I have received in my career so far is to persist, never let anything or anyone hold you back. There is always a way to get there - whether that is learning something new, going out of your comfort zone or surrounding yourself with more supportive people... Persist! There is room for you.

Fun fac

I am also a part-time superhero-in-training, i.e. I like weight lifting.