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Celebrating Ada Lovelace Week – Day 5 An Interview with Claudia

14 October 2016 | Claudia Green | About a 3 minute read
Tags: Ada Lovelace, Culture, Developers, STEM, Women in Tech


Claudia Green – Associate AND Aspiring Deadlifter

As an associate I have the opportunity to try many different roles here at AND Digital. The focus of my role is building a solid grounding across all aspects of digital delivery, but my personal preference is around product development.

 

What led you to a career at AND Digital?

I didn’t study anything to do with IT at University. When I was 22 I studied for four months at an intensive developer bootcamp, called Makers Academy. I then began job hunting in London for junior developer roles.

I heard one of AND Digital’s recruitment team speak at a tech event. I loved the sound of the company culture and what they did as a business, so connected with one of the team on LinkedIn and it went from there!

 

What sparked your interest in IT?

I’ve always been interested in “techie” things but never really saw myself working in IT. I don’t think I understood the opportunities for creativity and innovation that came with a job in this industry; I had the stereotypical view of the sector that I’m sure many still do.

That all changed when I saw my younger brother getting into it. He was first to study at the developer bootcamp and the cool things he was building and the projects he was involved in were really impressive and frankly, I was jealous! He looked like he had such a great career path in front of him and I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in.

It also seemed like a really great time to be getting into IT as a woman. Almost a third of tech companies in London have formal initiatives in place to recruit more women into their workforce. Tech seems to be one of the industries at the moment where lots of noise is being made about gender parity in the workforce. By no means has the industry as a whole reached it yet; but I think it’s really exciting to be part of an industry that, in many ways, is at the forefront for providing opportunities for women.

 

What challenges have you encountered along the way?

I think my biggest hurdle has been getting over the limitations I set myself. Before getting into tech, I had an image of who I believed I was and what I believed I was good at, and that didn’t include anything to do with tech. Whilst studying at the bootcamp I really grappled with ‘imposter syndrome’, feeling like I shouldn’t be there and I wasn’t good enough/smart enough/a quick enough learner. These days I try to work really hard to recognise my strengths and the value that I can bring to a project and a team.

 

Who has inspired you?

My mum is a huge inspiration to me. She’s a telecommunications systems programmer, and has worked in IT for almost the last 30 years. She’s strong, intelligent and has an amazing work ethic and she can hold her own in any situation. My mum has worked really hard to ensure that my siblings and I all have a strong sense of self-worth, and I credit that a lot to my ability to be able to keep it together even in those moments of self-doubt!

 

How would you like to inspire others?

I would love to be able to build up those around me in the same way that many important people in my life have done for me. I think women especially struggle with valuing themselves and their abilities highly. These days I often pair up and coach women who are learning to code and try to make sure that they don’t lose their drive even when the learning curve gets steep!

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