We interviewed Rebecca Vickery, Associate Data Scientist at Holiday Extras on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.
Transforming our data into useful analysis and data products to answer business questions and aid decision-making.
I have a passion for data and love writing code.
No, I studied Life Sciences at University but took a temporary web tech role after completing my degree. This was my first introduction to writing code and led me in a round about way to my current role.
I started out in a website maintenance role in a small company many years ago, working with php and html.
I think this is improving, but yes I think there is still a distinct lack of women in this sector. This is often most starkly apparent when I attend conferences in my field.
I think that there is particularly amongst people who don’t work directly in this field. I have personally encountered people expressing surprise when I tell them what I do, or automatically assuming that I work in a non-tech role.
More female role models in the field, particularly at leadership level.
I don’t think there are any barriers. I have found that actually there is a huge amount of support and resources already out there. I think it is more of a societal barrier.
Promotion of women already in the field. I also think programs that start early in school to encourage girls to study STEM subjects.