I have had a keen interest in STEM subjects since high school.

After studying IT at A-level, I earned a place at the University of Huddersfield, studying IT, at a more advanced level. It was at university where I developed a passion around advocating for women in STEM, after recognising the gender disparity in my field of study. I also became involved with the University of Huddersfield computing society.

During my third year at university, I was selected to work at the European University Institute, as an IT technician. This opportunity to live and work in Florence was part of a placement year I undertook, allowing me to gain experience and exposure to different types of technology and working cultures. It also helped to prepare me for working life within STEM industries once I had graduated. After completing my final year of university, and being given an award by the University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering, for ‘best performance’ for my dissertation, I graduated and joined the O2 graduate scheme as a Radio Network Engineer.

The world of Networks was technically different from my IT university studies and motivated my ongoing work within the O2 Women’s Network, to increase female representation within this engineering field and also within the wider STEM community. Throughout the graduate scheme, I further developed my knowledge of: radio, cellular technologies, transmission and lots more. I have recently been shortlisted for the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, ‘Graduate of the Year 2019’ award. Since completing the graduate scheme, I have moved into the role of a RAN Tools and Automation Engineer.