When it came time to choose uni courses I wasn’t sure of where a degree in software engineering would take me. It was all fairly new, I just knew that computers and technology interested me, so that’s the path that I took.
Early on in my career and at university I was definitely out-numbered in what was and in some ways can still be a male dominated industry. I wasn’t so much bothered by that but I definitely feel like I’ve broken some barriers along the way.
As the CTO of Effective Digital I’m now responsible for the technical team and the products and services they deliver. I provide technical and thought leadership and provide guidance to the CEO on direction and capabilities.
Maths is involved in all levels of my job, from a technical perspective maths is an underlying principle of programming but I also use maths in budgeting and financial management of the day to day operations of the business.
Balancing a career and family is an ongoing challenge. There is always something to do and somewhere to be, but with the support of people around you and a flexible work environment, it’s possible and I am lucky to have found that.
You don’t need to be absolutely sure about what career path you want to take in life, because who knows what will change as the years go by. Possibilities and opportunities are endless and career paths can change; if you start with something you’re interested in, doors will open.