I’ve been a freelance software/web developer for over 20 years. Software Engineering seemed like a perfect fit for me. I love tackling complex problems and watching websites and applications come to life through code, it still feels like magic to me. Growing up I was fascinated by computers and programming and never thought I would make a career out of something I love so much.
Software development remains a very male-dominated profession – how did you manage to be successful?
After 20+ years in the industry, the landscape for women in tech has changed quite a bit. I’ve worked incredibly hard to build a reputation as a reliable and knowledgeable developer, striving to at least match my male peers. Throughout my career to date, I’ve generally been fortunate to work with agencies and clients who value my skills more than my gender.
However, I had to learn to have “a voice” and still suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time. It never ceases to amaze me that this is still such a male-dominated industry. We still have a long way to go in attracting young women to tech positions.
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
I’ve been fortunate to work on such diverse projects, from collaborating with startups to large global corporations.
My work with ZOE, both on the ZOE-COVID study, the largest Covid-19 research project in the world, and on their nutritional projects. Being able to be a part of something that makes such a big difference to people’s health really opened my eyes to what’s possible.
Another career highlight was winning YunoJuno’s Freelance Developer of the Year in 2019 and being nominated again for the award in 2021. Receiving this recognition has really motivated me to keep striving to do great work.
How has your business and way of working changed during the pandemic?
I feel like I was better prepared than most as I’ve mostly worked remotely for the last 10 years working with a lot of US clients.
I have been involved with the ZOE-COVID study since the pandemic began, so I was fortunate to be able to continue working. The pandemic has changed both good and bad work patterns. More and more remote positions are becoming available, allowing people to live and work outside of cities. However, working hours have become longer as the boundaries between personal and work life are blurring.
How do you think your business will develop over the next few years?
I’m really excited to see what’s to come in the years to come. I loved working in health tech so I see myself focusing more on that area.
I want to turn my attention to projects that have a positive impact on improving the world we live in and the lives of those around us. I would also like to get involved in initiatives to bring new female talent into the industry, not only at school age but also to encourage people to continue their education later in their careers or after starting a family.
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