We interviewed Courtney Cox, Associate Software Developer at Sky on her thoughts and experiences on women in tech.
I am an Associate Software Developer at Sky and work in the Sky Sports Web team working on the Sky Sports UK/DE websites. My day-to-day work involves modifying existing code or writing new code as per business requirements.
I stumbled across coding as part of my degree with no prior knowledge that it existed as I hadn’t considered a career in technology before. I had a compulsory module on my course and this was my very first module in web development called ‘Interface Design’ where we covered HTML and CSS. And needless to say, from there I was hooked and spent most evenings teaching myself more.
At college, I studied A-Levels in Media, English Language and Geography. I then went onto the University of Leeds to study a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Media in the School of Media and Communication.
Yes, 100%! We need to think about how to improve gender diversity and keep pushing for it as there is still more work to be done.
Yes, to some extent, I want to believe that this stereotype doesn’t exist anymore however, some people still associate IT and technology with men (unfortunately!).
Breaking the stereotype as mentioned above and introducing girls to STEM subjects from an early age. And the fact technology is one of the most innovative and exciting industries to enter.
I think there are barriers and some key potential reasons that hinder women such as lack of awareness about careers in STEM subjects and Tech and lack of activities in school that encourage them to choose technology driven roles. I came across Code First Girls, Women in Tech UK and Girl Code who are all on a mission to tackle the gender-gap, encourage more women into tech and support them in their careers in tech. I think these organisations are massively encouraging more women into tech and removing the barriers. I am keen to help inspire women from non-tech backgrounds to get into tech. It was really encouraging for me to see women from all kinds of backgrounds and that the majority of them didn’t have a Computer Science degree and work in the tech industry. This was amazing to hear as if they could do it then I could too, and it gave me the confidence to apply for a tech role.
Educate women about opportunities in tech roles and the various pathways on careers in technology by sharing experiences and guidance. Women already working in tech can actively become role models and inspire other women to have a career in tech.