Tell us about your journey into tech?
I developed an interest in programming during my final year of university where for the first time I was exposed to computer science and tech entrepreneurship. In an effort to learn more about this field I attend coding workshops and meetup events where I was exposed to software development and data analysis.
My first role as a graduate was working in a tech startup as a content analyst, followed by a web analytics role. Both roles were pivotal in fine-tuning my job preferences. I realised early on that I gravitated towards the technical aspects of each role, wanting to know how things worked and being excited at the opportunity to apply my newly learnt programming skills. This led me to my current role where I work as a data analyst using python, SQL and machine learning methods to help clients deliver the most value from their data.
How do you feel you have made a difference in what you do?
I am a firm believer in creating opportunities by raising awareness of the industry and showing that it is accessible to all. I do this by advocating for outreach activities in my workplace, such as attending secondary school career fairs, holding data workshops for young adults and providing work experience opportunities that offer exposure to data analytics and tangible experiences of what the role entails. I also like to get involved and support organisations with the same vision.
What would you say is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement comes from a desire to constantly challenge myself and continuing to push myself to learn more. It helps that I enjoy a good challenge and this has allowed me to complete a triathlon, run a half marathon, cycle 100km around London and go from no coding experience to developing and running machine learning models for big cooperation’s.
How do you think people can go about making a difference, in regards to spreading awareness of Black Women in tech?
I think it’s important to understand the value that Black Women bring to the tech industry and creating opportunities for them to contribute. This requires a concerted effort to recognise the barriers preventing Black Women from entering and excelling in tech.