Penelope Hindle

I first heard the term Computer Science when I was 15 and knew it was what I wanted to do.

I went on to study Computing at A-Level, where I was the only girl out of 1000 students in the year. After completing my A Levels in Further Maths and Computing, I accepted a place at Leeds University to study Computer Science.

During my time at University, I had the opportunity to complete a 3 month internship at a tech startup as a frontend developer. It was very exciting to see a company start right from the beginning when the name was trademarked and the servers were turned on for the very first time! I then went on to complete a year in industry at another software company, X-Lab, as a Technical Project Manager. X-Lab make software for NHS pathology labs, and I was responsible for taking labs through the deployment process (VPN setup, Pipeclean testing, User Acceptance testing). After my placement year, I went back to complete my degree at Leeds University.

During my final year, I worked part-time at Leeds City College, teaching girls how to code in C++. Here, I was responsible for both producing and delivering the lesson content. I also continued to work at XLab as a part time software developer. I recently graduated with a 2:1 in Computer Science, and have now re-joined full time at X-Lab as a software developer.