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REAL ROLE MODEL


Christine Arrowsmith
Business Analyst
Retired Chartered IT Professional
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I started as a trainee programmer in the language of COBOL in 1970. My coded programme was punched onto cards and data fed into the System 4 via punched tape. Frequently I had to fight for promotion. I am 71, a baby boomer so I formally retired at 60, actually a bit before as I had to care for Mum. In 1958 I read a children's reference book the first Commercial Computer LEO I am now a vounteer with Manchester Baby. I know I am out of date but I still loove rechnology.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Explaining
  • Identifying
  • Recording
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

Sorting out data needs between different departments suffering from Communication's failure.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

7 'O' levels, 2 'A' levels and assortment of diplomas plus an Open University degree.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

A book which talked about the creation of the LEO computer which I read when I was 10. No one knew what a computer was, I had no idea what a computer job would be but I asked questions until I found out.

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

Go for it, it's fun making that stupid machine do what you want it to do but make sure you know exactly what it must do is 100% correct!


I AM...
ENTHUSIASTIC
FRUSTRATED (AT THE LACK OF WOMEN)
GEEKY