Tell us about your journey into tech?
After achieving my MSc in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Leeds in 2019, I joined BT Technology on their graduate scheme and started working in the Network Design Team. I then moved into an APIGW and Microservices team, where I worked as a software developer for 7 months, predominantly coding in Java and using the Spring Boot framework to build Microservices.
The graduate scheme allowed me to progress in my career and I will be transitioning into a full-time role as a Software Engineer in April 2021, where I will be working in the National Security and Law Enforcement sector.
How do you feel you have made a difference in what you do?
Through creating my ed-tech platform Simplex Code and sharing my journey into tech on social media platforms, I believe that I have shown young Black girls they can do whatever they put their mind to. I try to be as transparent as possible with my journey, as I initially struggled with learning to code and found it hard but with discipline and consistency, I set my eyes on a goal and achieved it!
What would you say is your biggest achievement?
Following my passion for learning to code, which lead me to create an educational tech platform Simplex Code. Simplex Code provides free, simple and beginner-friendly tech-related content to make information surrounding the technology industry simple and accessible to all.
Simplex Code provides individuals interested in starting a career in tech or those at the beginning of their tech career with free online resources. Simplex Code also offers a range of initiatives such as facilitating beginner-friendly coding/tech workshops, talks and panel discussions.
How do you think people can go about making a difference, in regards to spreading awareness of Black Women in tech?
I strongly believe that if more Black women in tech share their journey’s of how they got into tech and shed light on their current role in the industry, it allows us to take up space and be more visible to others in the industry. I also think that with communities like TLA Black Women in Tech and Coding Black Females, it gives us visibility in the industry because there is power in numbers!
What is the best advice you ever received?
“You can do anything you put your mind to if you work hard enough!” – My Dad