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Nadia Johnson
Software Engineer
Thales UK
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a software engineering apprentice in my final year of my degree at Thales UK. I am, and have been, working on the update to the Sonars on the Astute Class submarines. Sonar is like the eyes and ears of the submarine when they’re underwater.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Java
  • MATLAB
  • Communication
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I would say I find all of my work exciting as I work on the Sonar technology for submarines. Every day I find aspects exciting, but one my highlight was completing my final year university project, as I built a small scale Sonar system, from the hardware through to software.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

A-Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Physics & Photography. I am currently in my final year of study of my degree apprenticeship for my degree in Digital and Technology Solutions- Software Engineering BSc.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

It was my love of physics that influenced the career choice I made. I was lucky to be nominated by my A-Level physics teacher to partake in the Nuffield Research Placement Programme. I was placed with an astrophysicist for the summer, this is where I learnt that I loved programming.

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

One of my biggest pieces of advice would be don’t be afraid to explore the opportunities that digital can provide, there’s a digital transformation going on and it’s a fantastic opportunity for a fun and exciting career. So get involved!


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