Bethan Reeves

I first embarked on my STEM career during my studies for my BSc in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics.

I attended a fantastic event for females interested in technology roles, following which I was contacted and fast-tracked to the Vodafone UK Discover Technology graduate scheme assessment centre and then offered a role on the scheme; a whole 18 months prior to my expected graduation date. From this point onwards, I have recognised and appreciated the power of networking and equal opportunities for women in the technology arena.

I have since supported recruitment networking opportunities for female students, and have featured as a panellist on a webinar to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day in 2020. I am now navigating my way through academia alongside my full-time work, and will be embarking on a Professional Doctorate in Data Science in October 2021. This is an opportunity I will relish and it gives me the chance to take full reigns on my career path, to one day become a data scientist myself.

Following the graduate scheme at Vodafone, I struggled to find a data focused role with learning opportunities, so when I rejoined the company earlier this year connecting with other women in data – or looking to move into data – was a priority for me. I have set up a Women in Data internal network which has had a great amount of interest. Driving the initiative myself, I am currently finalising our committee so that we cam begin empowering, upskilling and connecting women across the globe.

With my studies ahead, I cannot wait to further my career and continue to encourage and unite women across technology. I hope to incorporate my interests in sex-disaggregation of data, geo-social networks, and analysis of online networks and language to identify discrimination against women and others with mental illness and drive change in policy. I have a direct experience of how women, and female-specific networks and events, have uplifted me from the very outset of my career. My passion for this area is unbounded and I hope to be, and see, the change.