Do you want to work in tech? (Carys Agyemang, Christ Hospital)

On Tuesday, November 29, Oksana Meleshykhina, Senior Technical Program Manager at Microsoft, gave a presentation to students in grades 10-13 on pursuing a career in technology.

The first topic of discussion was the variety of jobs in the technical field. Ms. Meleshykhina introduced the beginning of a conversation with the example of a smartphone-connected pacemaker – a device that emits electrical impulses to maintain a normal heart rate. She asked the audience what roles and skills are required to make this tool effective. A range of responses came from the audience, such as hardware design, electrical engineering, and biological understanding of the body. This range of roles clearly shows that no matter what you are interested in, there is a tech role that will suit you, be it design, AI, web development or more!

The speaker went on to elaborate on the benefits of working in engineering. A job in this field allows for constant learning, flexibility and the ability to travel – just a few of many other benefits!

Prompted by a question from the audience, Ms. Meleshykhina then spoke about the impact of misogyny in a male-dominated field. As someone who has been in the technology field since 1997, Ms. Meleshykhina spoke at length on the subject. Although misogyny may not be as strongly perceived by some as it once was, she noted that it’s still an issue in her workspace. She encouraged female students not to be discouraged and to use the simplest words, “Just do it!”

Ms. Meleshykhina left the audience with some advice: that we must define our own future. Ultimately, young people are the future; the speaker emphasized that it is of utmost importance not only to experience the future of the world, but to be a part of it and make it your own. One listener, Mimi Ekatitie, commented that the talk was “very entertaining and informative” and gave “helpful insights into the world of technology and what it’s like to be a woman in this field”. Do you want to work in tech? (Carys Agyemang, Christ Hospital)

Fry Electronics Team

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