Bethany Probert

Junior Software Engineer, Altran UK

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The worst feeling in this journey is that you're alone and the truth is, you aren't!

What do you do?

I help build and test safety critical software. This is software that we can prove will not have things like run-time errors. It's software that keep's people safe in their day-to-day lives. We engineer unique solutions to problems across industries such as rail and aeronautics to life sciences.

Why did you choose this field?

I did an Astrophysics degree at university, and during my degree I learned to code for the first time! I really enjoyed it and was excited to find out what else I could build with my new skill. I've always wanted a career where I feel I'm making a tangible difference to the world, and since my job helps protect people I feel like its the perfect job for me!

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

Completing my Queen's Scout Award whilst at university. I wish my younger self had known that I don't have to fit into a particular box, but that I can follow all of my passions and succeed in them. I don't have to be just one thing!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because I learn every day and I get to solve challenging problems. I wake up looking forward to solving a puzzle (or two!), and producing work that is the best I can do. I love thinking about the practical, real-life consequences of my work and knowing that the code I write is out there being used every day!

Best advice for next generation?

Find other girls who think the same as you. Get to know other girls who also like STEM subjects, and support each other. The worst feeling in this journey is that you're alone and the truth is, you aren't!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Don't fear change. Don't fear failure. The only thing to fear is loss of ambition. But if you've got plenty of that, then you have nothing to fear at all." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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