I think there are very few opportunities targeted for women in STEM, particularly at a young age.

 

Before joining UKCloud, I worked for an engineering company that works regularly with the government. I joined this role on a three-month temporary contract, started working in the security office and things moved on from there. I soon moved into a permanent system admin role and enjoyed the aspect of dealing with hardware.

I didn’t have much of a technical background prior to this role, but I ended up working for this company for around 10 years. After this I joined UKCloud.

My average day at UKCloud primarily revolves around talking to customers; I need to make sure they are happy. My role is extremely customer-facing and has enabled me to be involved with the technical environments of customers.

I personally feel many women don’t enter careers in STEM as it is a male-dominated environment, which can be quite intimidating. I think there are very few opportunities targeted for women in STEM, particularly at a young age.

I’ve faced some challenges in the STEM workplace.  When I first started in a system admin role, I felt that many of the men around me did not respect me as much as their male counterparts. There was an unspoken attitude that a female did not have the ability to help with the technical aspects of problems.

However, STEM in the workplace is improving as younger women are becoming involved with STEM through diversity programmes. I think that UKCloud are really helping to drive this change in STEM.