- Chef-turned-computer programmer connecting people through ideas
- Encourages digital skills building through the power of mentoring
- Inspired by critical thinking around confirmation bias
- Director of Industry Buddies – connecting the South West tech scene
Connecting the theory to digital practice
1. Who are you? And what is your passion?
I finally did a lot of overdue research on picking a career, watched a lot of TED talks and discovered Ikigai, which is the Japanese idea of finding a career and life balance by using what you love doing, what you are good at, what the world needs and what you can be paid for.
In this ever-expanding, constantly changing industry, there is always something new going on. And there is always a massive amount of scope for further change.
2. What does pioneering digital practice look like for you?
We think networking and mentoring are two great things. That's why we are trying to make the process quicker, more efficient and more accessible.
3. What is a fear you'd like to conquer?
I used to have a huge fear of heights when I was younger and sometimes that still crops up, even though I love climbing and I’m on the committee for the University Adventure and Expo club.
4. How do you respond when faced with a problem?
The University has also reinforced this approach with the way they’ve taught us to develop. You always break things down into smaller problems, so they become easier to handle and you can chip away at them.
5. What do you know of that you believe could really change our world for the better?
This goes back to Ikigai – finding a life balance. For me, this is about something that pays well, but is also altruistic and gives me satisfaction.
6. What do you want the world to look like in 10 years?
Although there are a lot of bad things happening in the world, there are statistics that also show us how it is becoming a better place.
7. If you have the chance to share one message to the whole world, what would it be?
You can easily skew statistics and misrepresent them to support whatever belief you have. It cannot always be just taken as the truth.
Understand how a computer really works
With a strong emphasis on being workplace-ready, gain technical skills in computational theory, software development on a variety of devices and platforms, database development, computer hardware and networking. Plus, gain an awareness of social, legal and ethical aspects of the IT industry.
With the chance to take part in a placement year – recent providers include the BBC, the Met Office, Microsoft, the National Physical Laboratory and Nestlé – it is a real-world opportunity to accelerate your career.