Christine’s experience as an Associate Software Developer
‘I love the fact that it is a career in which one is constantly learning new things.’
How did you decided you want a career in Engineering?
When I was a teenager, I really enjoyed programming and initially wanted to have a career in software engineering. However, I ended up studying a completely different subject at university.
Once I finished university, I started a career as a data analyst in the education sector and over time realised that I wanted a career in software engineering instead. A few years ago, I decided to do a masters in computer science alongside my job – after graduating I decided to switch careers and start all over again as an Associate Software Developer at Sky.
What’s the best thing about being a Woman in Engineering?
What I love about Software Engineering is that it is a role that enables one to be analytical, but also be creative as well. I also love the fact that it is a career in which one is constantly learning new things each day and there is always something new to learn regardless of how many years of experience one has.
Have you faced any challenges in your role and how did you overcome them?
So far the biggest challenge for me is developing confidence and believing that I have the skills required to do my role. It has also been a huge learning curve for me – for example; I am currently using AWS in my role, which is something I had zero knowledge on when I started and had to quickly learn AWS so that I can complete tasks.
Luckily, I’m surrounded by great developers who I have been able to learn from.
How would you encourage more women to consider engineering as a career?
I want to encourage women who are considering changing careers into engineering to go ahead and make the switch.
One of the things that I wish I did was to do it much sooner. Although it is not easy starting a career all over again, it has been worth it for me! I am glad that Sky does schemes such as ‘Get into Tech’, and I wish I had known about it sooner as I would have taken that route.