Olivia Moore

Olivia Moore from global tech consultancy Saggezza is on a mission to get more girls coding and considering careers in tech.

During my time studying computer science at the University of Hull, I was one of the few females on the course. It didn’t bother me, but I knew that I wanted to encourage more women to explore careers in the tech industry and learn how to code. The opportunities available are amazing and why shouldn’t more women have a seat at the tech table?

What is a Java developer?  

Java is one of the most popular programming languages used to develop web-based software and applications for different platforms. Not to be confused with Javascript, Java is known for being fast, secure and reliable, which is why its widely used for developing applications in games consoles, mobile phones and computers.

A Java developer is responsible for the development and programming of Java-based applications, often collaborating with other developers and software engineers to integrate Java solutions into websites, business software and applications for different devices.

What does a typical day look like for a Java developer?

For me, every day is different. In my current role, we get tickets which will usually give us a different problem to tackle. It’s very much like problem solving with code, so it’s different ticket to ticket, which I love. My team at the Saggezza office in Sunderland are great and if I’m ever struggling with a ticket, there’s always someone there to help, whether that be in person or via video call.

We also have access to Udemy, which is an online learning resource. I usually use it every week to develop my skills as we’re really encouraged to learn more and grow within our roles. It’s always good to keep learning new languages, especially as technology evolves.

What can we do to inspire more women to explore careers in tech? 

Education is key and the more role models we have the better. While at University, I stumbled across Code First Girls, which is a social enterprise dedicated to encouraging more women to explore careers in tech and learn how to code. I loved what they were doing, so as soon as I’d finished University and started working as a developer at Saggezza, I decided to volunteer as a teacher.

I teach languages such as Python, web development and SQL, teaching new starters how to code, as well as how they can get into the industry, hosting weekly 1-2-hour sessions.

I’m proud to work for a company that really wants to see more women in the industry, nurturing young talent through the likes of its own 0Gravity coding club, which was setup for 8-11 year-olds and already has an almost 50:50 split of boys and girls.

It will take time, but we’re already seeing small changes within the industry that point towards a more balanced future for tech.