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REAL ROLE MODEL


Catherine Pash
Product Owner
London
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work with a team building new software tools to help my company work more efficiently, save money and build sales. I am not a recgnician, i don't write code. I focus on understanding what the business needs and Iwork as a go-between, between business people and sofrtware developers. It's great fun.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Listening
  • Writing requirments/stories
  • Managing people
  • IT understanding
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I worked on desigining and building a software tool to be used in every Sainsbury's store by every colleague.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I did a degree but not in STEm subjects it was in Geography and languages. Then after working for a couple of years I went back to University and did an MSc in Information Systems. This was a 'conversion' course to teach Arts graduates about computing. It was a long time ago. Since then I have had lots of training in technical skills and in soft skills. Now I am doing a Business Analysis Apprenticeship.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

Two years after I had graduated it was one of the few areas where there was lots of employment. Mt first role in IT was in the year the first PCs arrived.

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

It is really interesting, more so today than ever. All organisations use some kind of technology so you work in tech in any area you are interested in. Tech needs lots of different kinds of skills including people who are good with people and language, sometink that women are often better at than men. Alos it pays well and can allow you work flexibly. Its also really fun!


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