Women in tech: 'Changing perspective on what a leader is'

  • Over the course of a few months at the end of 2020, BCS NI virtually delivered their course entitled 'Women Transforming Digital Leadership'. 

    The aim of the programme was to empower females within the UK's tech field to feel confident, aim for leadership positions and become role models for the younger generation of girls coming through now.

    Women are still massively under-represented in the tech space, but also within managerial roles in the sector itself. 

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    Sync NI journalist Niamh Campbell was a participant on the programme. 

    She interviewed fellow participants Nadia Dowling, a Senior Product Manager and Niamh Cochrane, a Pega Developer, to find out what they gained from the programme and why they feel other women should sign up for future similar initiatives. 

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    Niamh Cochrane, who now works at Aflac Northern Ireland, initially came from a music background academically, but found surprising links between her knowledge of music and the tech world.

    Nadia - a working mum - says that she also "fell into IT" and still describes herself as being 'non-technical', but worked part-time in various leadership roles.

    She worked heavily on the customer side of her business alongside the Sovereign Housing Association's IT team to drive forward digital improvements, which has now evolved into a Senior Product Manager role there. 

    The women discuss the aspects of their roles they enjoy, the stereotypical view of jobs within the tech sector that aren't neccessarily true, and how the BCS NI programme - delivered in partnership with Empowering You - has helped them gain confidence and want to engage more with similar-minded people. 

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    If you would like to register interest in future programmes similar to the Women Transforming Digital Leadership course, click here.

    If you are a woman in a digital/IT role in Scotland and have ambitions to lead transformation and make a bigger difference, please check out this programme here.

    About the author

    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

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