ICT Technician, RAF & WISE Young Women's Board Member
13:30 - 14:15
Creative Career Paths: A Panel Discussion with WYWB
I studied Psychology at university, and though it was a fantastic experience I wasn’t sure it was the future I wanted when I graduated. After taking a break to travel to Australia, I came back and found myself looking at my own path. I knew I wanted to work in engineering, so I enrolled in a part-time college course to build up my technical confidence while I worked in retail. It was only through a chance conversation in a café when a friend of a friend casually asked me why I hadn’t considered joining the Armed Forces that I started to see it as an option. She was able to dispel the myths and misconceptions I had about Forces life, and later that same year – in 2015 – I was proud to graduate from the Royal Air Force as a Communications Specialist. I now work hands-on with communications equipment that supports operations across the globe, I’m about to commence an IT and Communications degree, and the opportunities to travel the world with work, sport, or adventure training have been incredible.
Because of my background I feel strongly about empowering women and girls with the confidence and awareness to go for the STEM fields that have historically been less encouraged, and dispelling the myths that these jobs are ‘not for them’. In the current technology age we need a powerful STEM workforce now more than ever.