E186 - Women In STEM With Kim Diep And Shauna Devlin
“It’s very important that we get people involved from all aspects of our communities so that we get those voices heard, and representation upfront of how we create and build products rather than at the very end as a user of the product."
- Kim Diep
In this International Women’s Day series episode, we explore why representation in tech matters, opportunities in tech and inspiring role models. We’re joined by Kim Diep, Software Engineer and Tech Coach at Tech Returners, and Shauna Devlin Client Relations Executive and Equity and Diversity Lead at Fat Beehive.
1. Representation in tech
Kim highlighted the importance of diversity in technology, there are so many advantages to including everyone in the development of digital products, not only because we are all users of those very products but it also brings about diversity of thought and different ways of problem-solving.
2. Learning in tech
In this episode, we learn how the skills required in tech go beyond developers to include diverse roles such as businesses analysts and designers. Shauna was really inspiring, highlighting that learning to code is really accessible with so many free courses online and the only barrier really is your goal and willingness to learn. Kim also highlighted how the ability to teach and mentor others is really important too, many people in tech could be career switchers.
3. Opportunities in tech
It was inspiring to hear about Kim and Shauna’s role models and journeys into the tech industry. I hope you also found some inspiration in this podcast, or perhaps you might take a moment to reflect on people who have inspired you - and maybe even pay it forward to others in the third sector whether that’s through mentoring, sharing advice on social media or even being a future guest speaker on this podcast!
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We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.
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