What do you do?
I ensure the software in our not for profit fund, supports our organisation, both now and in the future.
Why did you choose this field?
I liked computers in high school but didn’t see myself as the quiet computer geek in the corner. I read a careers brochure about the role of a computer system analyst talking to people and designing software to satisfy the needs of people. I later learnt about computer application architecture and it became so much bigger than a small piece of software solving a single problem.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I thought the guys were always so much better at technology. They seemed to live and breathe it. What I didn’t realise was that they weren’t always good at relating that information to people. When I realised I could gather information, design something that was exactly what was needed, and then deliver it to someone in a way they could relate to, I realised I could make a difference. Expanding that into enterprise wide architecture was next level!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love that technology can have a real impact on peoples lives. I love bringing people and technology together.
Best advice for next generation?
That you bring value. Don’t assume that because you do something differently that it’s wrong or less valuable. Different is better!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
Fun fact(s) - I enjoy mermaiding with my daughter and I recently completed my Masters in Biofabrication (3D printing for medical applications).