Software Engineer, Arm
Go for it!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I write test code and debug CPU (central processing unit) designs.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I chose to work in software engineering as I am creative and love thinking outside the box. I've always enjoyed puzzle games like Professor Layton, so I chose a career in engineering since it allows me to use these problem-solving skills every day!
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Being in New Scientist magazine!
I recently took part in a Women in STEM interview, which was published both online and in New Scientist.
Being featured in New Scientist was one of my biggest dreams going up, so I was incredibly grateful for this fantastic opportunity!
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love working in STEM as every day there are new problems to solve and opportunities to expand my knowledge!
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Go for it! STEM subjects are often stereotyped to be "masculine" and "rigid". However, in reality, science and engineering fields require a lot of creativity and imagination - something which I think many women and girls would find appealing.
In terms of practical steps to get you started - there are many opportunities out there for all levels! In the UK, there are organisations such a Code First Girls, who offer courses where you can learn to code and connect with other women in STEM. For younger people, there are also groups such as CoderDojo and Code Club. Places like these are great for meeting likeminded people who are into STEM subjects, while also allowing you to pick up new skills!
INSPO / FUN FACT
My motto is "always take the opportunity to try something new". Whenever you try new things, there will always be something to learn and the chance to meet new people!