We interviewed Susan Graham, Web Engineer at Trainline on her thoughts and experience on women in tech.
I work primarily doing front-end development on the Trainline website. My team focuses on improving all aspects of the user’s experience – including the payment journey and my account section.
I found the idea of working in the tech industry really exciting – building new products, using cutting-edge technology and learning new things all the time. I liked the fact that to work a developer, you don’t need any particular qualifications or need to be from a specific background, as long as you can write good code. Also, the pay is great!
Not at all – I studied art subjects for A Level and politics at degree level.
I did a 3-month developer bootcamp, where I learned about core programming principles and industry best-practices such as test-driven development, agile and pair-programming.
I think the tech industry still has some way to go in order to be more representative of society as a whole, including females. A more diverse tech workforce would mean that tech products would be created by, and for, everyone.
I think this used to be the case. But nowadays, there are so many initiatives to encourage women into tech, and lots of tech companies keen to hire women, that this stereotype is quickly becoming outdated.
Being more aware of the great opportunities out there – tech companies running initiatives where school kids spend a day in the office is a great way to start.
Barriers might exist in some companies, but I’ve found that showing enthusiasm and competence has got me through the door.
Encouraging women to attend tech meet-ups so they can get to know more about the varied nature of tech jobs and see the wide range of people who attend.
Find a company where you’re suited to the culture, and make an effort to get to know your colleagues, socialise with them – they’ll be the ones who support you when you need it!