🕵️ My Current Focus
In the early stages of my career switch into software engineering, I worked primarily with C#, .NET and Microsoft Azure.
I am now a Software Engineer & Tech Coach at Tech Returners and I create and deliver programs to help underrepresented people refresh their skills after a career break & also programs for current technologists to upskill in Software Engineering and DevOps.
I love building things with the C# programming language and the .NET ecosystem and I enjoy learning about DevOps, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Games Development. As a Tech Content & Workshop Creator & Mentor, I help people engage with technology in fun and practical ways, whether they’re just starting out or looking to improve their skills at any stage of their careers.
I draw on my personal experience of finding my niche in technology, as a former Sustainability and Business Application Consultant with a background in Geography and Environmental Modelling. I currently volunteer as a mentor for those who are underrepresented in tech and/or come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
📜 A Brief History: My Technology & Coding Journey
I studied Geography and was exposed to scientific computing at university. I wrote my first line of code whilst trying to find better ways to extract and process some climate data for my climate modelling simulations. After graduation, I worked for a couple of years as a Sustainability Consultant and Business Application Consultant; but found myself being drawn towards technology.
My software engineering interest was kickstarted by Code First Girls, where I attended their Web Development and Advanced Ruby courses at Twitter UK and M&S Digital from Autumn 2017 to Spring 2018. Alongside Code First Girls, early in 2017, I moved laterally from sustainability consulting to technology as a Business Application Consultant tasked with implementing Agile software development for the first time in my current company at the time without prior tech experience. I then went on to receive a fully-funded scholarship to attend a 16-week intensive Software Engineering Bootcamp at Makers in February 2019 and have since been exposed to Software Engineering and DevOps practices from a range of roles and industries such as investment management, e-commerce and tech education.
⭐ When I am not doing tech stuff, you can find me:
📷 Enjoying some film photography with my Instax Mini 11
🎵 Singing as an Alto at the West End Musical Choir
☕️ Reading and relaxing at the coffee shop
🎮 Playing games on my Nintendo Switch
SEPTEMBER 2011 — JULY 2014
👩🏻🎓 Attended the University of Oxford and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Upper Second Class Honours – 2.1).
2014 St. Catherine’s College Exhibition Scholarship
SEPTEMBER 2014 — SEPTEMBER 2015
👩🏻🎓 Attended University College London and earned my M.Sc. in Environmental Modelling (Distinction).
2015 University College London Dean’s List
FEBRUARY 2016 — APRIL 2017
🌱 Junior Sustainability Consultant, EVORA Global Ltd.
Conducted data analysis & delivered sustainability reports.
APRIL 2017 — FEBRUARY 2019
👩💼 Business Application Consultant, EVORA Global Ltd.
Within my first year as a Sustainability Consultant and after expressing interest in EVORA’s Sustainability Intelligence Environmental Reporting & Analysis Software-as-a-Service platform, I switched roles to become a Business Application Consultant, tasked with implementing Agile software development for the first time in the company without prior tech experience. I learnt about product management on-the-job, faciliated Scrum ceremonies and worked on business requirements gathering. I engaged daily with developers to adopt the best practices of Agile, testing, continuous integration and iterative software development from scratch with no prior experience of product management.
FEBRUARY 2019 — JULY 2020
👩💻 Software Engineer, Fellowship Recipient, Makers
As a fellow, I received a fully-funded scholarship to attend a 16-week intensive Software Engineering Bootcamp at Makers, with the eye to fast-track my career in technology.
JULY 2019 — AUGUST 2020
👩💻 Associate Software Engineer, M&G Plc, Makers Fellowship Program
Started at M&G Plc as a Full-Stack Software Engineer on the Investment Management Technology – Investment Process front office function.
Testing: NUnit, Fluent Assertions
Version Control: Git / Azure Repo
SEPTEMBER 2020 — FEBRUARY 2021
👩💻 Software Engineer, Trainline
Trainline is the leading independent rail and coach travel platform selling rail and coach tickets to millions of travellers worldwide. I worked within the Diet Code Team to enable easy eCommerce experiences and highly secure payments for customers.
Tech Stack: C# programming language, .NET Core 3.1, .NET 5, Amazon Web Services
Testing: NUnit, XUnit, Fluent Assertions, Specflow, BDDfy
Version Control: Git / Github
MARCH 2021 — PRESENT
👩💻👩🏻🏫 Software Engineer & Tech Coach, Tech Returners
I am currently a Software Engineer & Tech Coach at Tech Returners and I create and deliver programs to help underrepresented people refresh their skills after a career break & also programs for current technologists to upskill in Software Engineering and DevOps.
For more details, visit my LinkedIn.