What do you do?
Enabling and empowering people to learn how to use technical software services.
Why did you choose this field?
In the late 70s & early 80s there was a real explosion of technology for the home. From
microwave ovens, the digital watch, calculators & video player / recorders, to game consoles, the Sony Walkman & CD player technology was bursting out all over. In the middle of this was the Personal Computer or PC, some were lucky enough to have a home PC, and even more some schools,. Mine was one. A BBC Micro running basic. No Windows operating system those days with icons to click and navigate, just a line of code to type - wow, I was hooked! My school also had a video camcorder and I was one of three students who were able to study it and learn how to use it. I think that we may have inadvertently invented "Vlogging"! All these early exposures to technology inspired me to follow a career in IT, and as a result I have been fortunate enough to have taught, supported and trained others of all ages, abilities and cultures to embrace technology.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I kind of feel that Ihave always been at the forefront of technology, helping to blaze the trail. It's the appetite of innovation for the greater good which has shaped who I am, what I do and how I live.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I have a head full of ideas, inventions & solutions. Working in STEM provides the outlet to organise and realise my creativity. It's exciting to wake up every morning as part of a team where we can collaborate and develop solutions to help others.
Best advice for next generation?
Follow your heart, learn how to use technology to make a difference to something which is important to you. YOU have the power to persevere and innovate.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Life is what you make it" (Atrib; My Mum).