Vibhusha Raval

Vibhusha Raval | BT Group

Vibhusha Raval

My Passion for STEM grew while I was in school.

I was discouraged to take STEM as a career due to the stigma attached to it being a male dominated career choice and lack of resources as I wasn't able to get a student loan for BSc (hons) which meant I would have to work hard and pay the Uni fees while studying full time, but I chose Computer Science despite the obstacles as I knew I would be able to make a positive impact if given an opportunity. Therefore, while studying at university I worked at a restaurant nearly every evening and weekends to fund my studies. I was determined to get my degree and my family supported my throughout. I also volunteered in Open Days at university during my time off and helped College students understand STEM modules.

I graduated from Kingston University London in 2018 with 1st Class (hons) Bachelor's degree and due to my excellent academic background I was offered a scholarship from Deloitte's partner to pursue MSc in Information Systems. This was a turning point for me as by this time I had learnt that if I'm determined and work hard I can achieve anything that I want. I joined BT Technology as a graduate in September 2019 and it has been an awesome experience thus far. I've worked in Automation team to deliver great services for our customers, I've worked in Networks team and delivered a tool which helps sell Ethernet and 5G services. I've gained a lot of experience in various areas and been proactive to learn more about the organisation.

I've been recognised by BT's Technology CEO and won a Technology Award for taking responsibility of my projects and delivering them with great standards. Volunteering and giving back to the communities is dear to my heart and therefore I virtually mentor girls who are in school and university to help them choose the career they want without any fear of judgement. I volunteer 3 days a year to help around 450+ children learn computing in a fun way by using CrumbleBots and BeeBots. Now due to pandemic, I create videos on topics like Internet Security and Automation to help A levels students understand key concepts of Computing. Early this year, I visited BBC Radio Suffolk to talk about women in STEM as I'm part of Adastral Women in Tech who encourages young girls to join STEM as a career and we support our colleagues in workplace to ensure they feel valued and supported throughout their careers.


Jennifer Opal

Jennifer Opal | BT Group

Jennifer Opal

With no degree, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), Jennifer started her first job in tech with BT Group as a Software Engineer working in Test Automation after learning to code in March 2019.

Now a DevOps (Big Data) Engineer, Jennifer uses her voice to inspire others to learn how to code & contribute to the tech industry no matter where they are in the world. Furthermore, Jennifer launched her own platform during lockdown via JenniferOpal.co where she exclusively shares her blogs.

She, then, launched 'The Opal Newsletter' which features her latest blog, information on coding opportunities for others to learn how to code as well as free guides for her subscribers to download and share. Jennifer has already sent out guides on topics ranging from Machine Learning to Big Data to Front End Web Development.