Caplin – Amanda Gamage, Technical Support Consultant

We interviewed Amanda Gamage, Technical Support Consultant at Caplin on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.

Amanda gamage

1. What does your job role involve?

 

I work with two other people as a Technical Support Consultant. My job involves carrying out the initial investigations which entails looking through logs and comparing configurations.

 

 

2. What made you choose a career in technology?

 

It happened when I was very young, when I was in primary school. I was born in Sri Lanka and we didn’t have IT lessons in school until much later. My dad found this IT club that offered private lessons and I went along and found that I really enjoyed it. It was a good way to be introduced to technology because didn’t have a computer growing up – the first time I used one was at this IT club.

 

 

3. Did you study an IT or technology related subject at GCSE, A-Level or University?

 

I took it for GCSE and A-Levels, before doing a degree in computer science in business computing. We had maybe 15 or 20 girls at university and almost 200 boys. It was the same at GCSE and A-Levels too. People dropped out or changed courses halfway through as well, I had a feeling something was going on.

 

 

4. Do you find there is a stereotype that a career in IT or technology is just for men?

 

In my previous jobs, I felt like I wasn’t being taken seriously. There were times where I would respond to queries from my colleagues only for them to wait for a male colleague to confirm it and give the exact same advice. It always made me wonder “Why does it have to be like that?” Caplin is very different – I feel that my opinion is valued here. There are many women working here and I love listening to every one of them. I’m learning so much from them too.