Carly BrittonWhat happened next for Carly Britton?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Carly Britton, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Carly is the Head of Client Services for VUALTO.

Before University she presented on hospital radio and then throughout University presented on University radio whilst studying Media Studies with Information Technology and Computing. With equal interests in both broadcast and technology she wanted to pursue a career in that field.

As a graduate, Carly worked with many different technologies which was great experience, but it wasn’t until she started her journey with VUALTO where she finally found the career she wanted to pursue.

VUALTO was a start-up with three employees when she started, she joined the company as a webcast engineer but as with all start-ups, she did a bit of everything. She soon found a passion for technical support and as the company grew and moved away from webcasting, she worked on technical support full time.

Over the past seven years with VUALTO growing from three to over 40 employees, Carly grew and managed the technical support team, created a Network Operations Centre and she now manages the entirety of the Clients Services function which encompasses four separate teams. She has found a company and a career that is challenging and rewarding.

Carly is extremely passionate about encouraging girls and women to consider careers in technology. She is a STEM Ambassador and regularly gets involved with local STEM events. She also visits schools and shares her journey into technology with career talks and workshops at STEM clubs. With the support of VUALTO she founded #GIRLCODE which is a free coding class for girls aged 8-14 who want to learn to code in a fun and friendly environment.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was honoured to be announced as one of the winning TechWomen100. It is a great feeling of achievement to be recognised by ‘We Are Tech Women’ as a woman to watch in the industry. The ceremony was an inspiring experience of feeling part of something really positive and it was amazing to hear about other women’s experiences that were so similar to my own.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Winning this award has provided me with some really great exposure. After winning this I went on and won Women in IT Awards Advocate of the Year 2020. I have been featured as one of 5 Inspirational Women in IT in Interface Magazine. I have been asked to speak at events and be a part of panel discussions. It has been an amazing year so far with lots of exciting things in the pipeline.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

There is so much more to this process than just winning this amazing award. I have made some great connections and have had lots of exciting opportunities off of the back of winning the award. The TechWomen100 community is an inclusive and exciting one to be a part of.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

I have three top tips for enhancing your career:

1. Find yourself an awesome mentor.

2. Technology is a fast-paced industry – do not give yourself an end goal. Instead be flexible and be open to pivoting your career to move along with the pace of the industry.

3. Stand up for what you believe in and failure is a great lesson.

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