Kate Self | BT

I’m Kate, a 20 year old Degree Apprentice in TV at BT Tower. As well as my operational role, I’m working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital and Media Solutions, along with a number of other courses and qualifications. I came straight from 6th Form into my apprenticeship. At school I didn’t know what I wanted to do, all of my friends were applying for university but I knew that wasn’t the route I wanted to take. Now I can develop my learning while obtaining invaluable, hands on experience. I’m fully involved in day to day work, whilst earning a salary. Engineering was never a career I thought about until I completed Work Experience at BT. I undertook a week’s placement in Procurement and then in TV. From that point I knew engineering was my dream career, being part of the constantly evolving innovations and solutions. Since starting 18 months ago, my confidence has grown tremendously, giving me the opportunity to lead on high-level projects. Currently, I'm working as one of the 2nd line operations team, which is part of Technology, one of the six sectors within BT Group, supporting the new BT TV and BT Sport apps through their development, testing on multiple devices and collating error codes. I’m also extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion. I’m part of a small team, working with managers and the Senior Leadership Team, where we’re looking to create a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. I’m passionate about becoming a role model, encouraging women into STEM subjects and careers.