Tell us about your role at Gecko…
“My title at Gecko is Product Manager. Typically this means that I’m the voice of the customer, and represent them at various points in the product development process. Day-to-day activities can vary! One day I might be running some discovery/focus groups to get feedback from our users. Others can be spent writing up user stories, so that our developers understand exactly how a feature should behave to bring the most value to the user once it’s released.”
What drew you to the technology industry and what do you enjoy about it?
“When I was younger I always loved technology. I was always the kid in the family who got asked to hook up the new TV or fix the video player if it was misbehaving. I didn’t know that this career was an option for me when I was in high school, so I ended up in customer support roles for a while after school.”
“In my mid-twenties I started to see the different types of jobs available in tech and that passion I had as a kid came flooding back. I jumped into my first tech role on a Helpdesk and never looked back!”
What does #breakthebias mean to you?
“For me, I think it’s about making tech an even playing field. In school, girls really aren’t encouraged into the tech subjects as much as boys. This means that a lot of women end up getting into tech at a later stage and therefore they are lagging behind in terms of seniority and pay scales. If we want to break the bias, we need to start encouraging this from an early age.”
What advice would you have for anyone who wants to work in technology?
“Do it! There are so many roles in the tech industry, not just software development. Digital Marketing, Customer Success, Technical Writing, Product Management, just to name a few. Whether you want to be a really technical person or just work beside people who are, there is a place for you. “You can’t learn everything, but you can learn anything” – Steph Boyle, CodeClan.”