Trainline – Abbie Dorling, Senior Business Analyst

We interviewed Abbie Dorling, Senior Business Analyst at Trainline on her thoughts and experience on women in tech.

1. What does your job role involve?

As a Business Analyst in Trainline’s Business Intelligence team, I work closely with a brilliant bunch of data nerds and problem solvers. I am responsible for understanding the business’ data needs and working closely with our technical teams to develop reporting capabilities to serve the business.

2. What made you choose a career in technology?

Since school I always enjoyed IT and picked up computer skills quickly. It was something that interested me and whether we like it or not, technology is here to stay.

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

No, unfortunately I never saw it as an option at A-Level. I studied Psychology as an undergraduate and then studied part time for a MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology in my first job after university.

4. Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?

Previous to this role I spent 4 years working for a large business and technology consulting firm.

5. Do you think there is a lack of females in the IT and tech sector?

Unfortunately yes. There is a clear lack of female role models in tech as well as in senior leadership positions.

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

Yes, since working within the technology sector, it is uncommon for me to be in a meeting room with more women than men. We certainly have a long way to go but I believe we are headed in the right direction.

7. How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?

Continue to build and expand on the women in tech community, whether it be through meet ups, events or mentoring schemes. Keep sharing our success stories, showing each other what we have and can achieve in tech.

8. What advice would you give young women today at the start of their career?

Be curious, be confident, be proud to be a woman and the different perspective you will bring to male dominated industries. Choose something that will keep you engaged but most importantly enjoy it!