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Lauren Pritchard
Business Analyst
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
WHAT DO YOU DO?

As a Business Analyst I act as the link between the business units and IT, help to discover the user needs and the solution to address them, and specify requirements for the development team to work to.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Leadership
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

In general working in national security means every day is interesting. We are solving real problems for our customers while contributing to making the country a safer place for all of us. It's extremely rewarding!

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I did a Physics with Astrophysics degree at the University of Manchester and got into IT by completing a Solutions and Software development graduate scheme a few years after graduating. I was able to do placements in different areas of IT, including software development and testing and doing so helped me realise that being a Business Analyst was specifically what I wanted to do.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

It opens up the doors to so many different industries and locations, as IT is at the heart of so many things. The work is varied and interesting and there is always something new to learn.

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

It is an excellent and varied career to chose! There are so many different roles within the IT world that even if you don't consider yourself 'technical' there will be another role that will be perfect for you.


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