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Alishba Chohan
Co-President
Blockchainers Student Society
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm the Co-President of the Blockchainers student society at the University of Manchester. I jointly manage a team of 4 and together we offer events that teach students about the world of blockchain technology. I'm still not sure about my own career ambitions but I know I will always learn about the latest tech in my spare time. It's essential to all jobs to be commercially aware and that demands tech appreciation!

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Team management
  • Organisation
  • Public engagement
  • Digital/email marketing
  • Problem solving
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I interned with BP for 8 weeks and researched how blockchain could be applied to BP and the wider oil and gas industry. I got the opportunity to self-learn the basics of the technology and learn about the investments that BP's Digital Innovation Organisation is making. After that, I presented my findings 3 times at various seminars. It was totally different from my everyday degree but was one of the most interesting things I've gotten exposure to.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I'm a 3rd and final year Economics student at the University of Manchester.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

I heard about an essay competition going on at university that asked people to write about the future of electric vehicles and how a large company like BP should invest accordingly. I ended up researching into blockchain to write my entry and found it really interesting, which led me to intern with BP and later join the Blockchainers society to meet more tech-minded people.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

Don't worry if you don't want to enter the industry as a programmer. There's so many other roles and non-technical routes in! Join a club/society, meet new people, and go to events to learn about what's out there.


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