Karen Thomson

I started my career in tech 5 years ago after graduating from University of Manchester with a BA Hons in Russian Studies.

The biggest thing that my degree taught me was that you are much more capable than you give yourself credit for. At the start of my course I could not speak a word of Russian, at the end of it I was fluent in Russia and had lived in Russia for a year. I took that approach to working in tech – I started in the technical talent team concentrating on getting more senior women in senior technical positions, from this I did various roles, and I’m now the diversity and inclusion lead for the UK in a tech organisation. I have been in this role for 3 years.