Bio: Collaborative Relationship Builder, Team Performance Amplifier, Creative Problem Solver, Professional Geek, Innovator & Chief Engagement Officer at Vanti.
What does an average working day look like?
An average day looks like this:
Continuously learning about new technologies.
Spotting growth opportunities for our business.
Inspiring and motivating others to reach their potential.
Talking with clients about their requirements. Providing consultancy around technology strategy
What advice would you give someone getting into the industry?
Top 3 tips
Identify what you're interested in and what motivates you. Next to sleep, your job is the longest activity you're ever going to do- you might as well make it something you enjoy!
Try to get experience (even unpaid- shock horror!) in that field
Uni isn't for everyone, consider higher level and/or degree apprenticeships
How can we inspire more young people and women into the industry to fill the ever widening skills gap?
Industry needs to communicate with academia more, especially at a grass roots level
Schools, colleges and HE need to reach out to local businesses
Academics need to understand the breadth of technology roles available - young people are often stunted in their potential by the lack of knowledge of people in positions of influence (parents and teachers)