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Looking back on Accelerating Your Career in Tech

On 1st June 2023, Digital Her came together with sponsors GlobalLogic, hackajob & Bruntwood SciTech to host a very special half-day event for women at the start of their tech careers.

Digital Her presents Accelerating Your Career in Tech featured a packed line up of talks, panel discussions, interactive workshops, CV Clinics & networking.

Here are some of the brilliant guests who shared their experiences & insights with the community.

Speakers & Panellists:

From hackajob:

Sarah Hunter (Talent Acquisition Manager)

From GlobalLogic:

Paul Knight (People Director)

Sruthy Benny (Full Stack Software Developer - Consultant)

Galina Ostroumova (Full Stack Software Developer - Consultant)

Monalisa Mathur (Software and Database Developer - Consultant)

Dr Maria Aretoulaki (Principal Consultant)

Real Role Models:

Valerie Le Clerc (Senior Project Manager, GlobalLogic)

Alicia Barczak (Software Developer, GlobalLogic)

Rosie Wardman (Engineering Manager, Sainsbury's)

Sadiah Ahmed (UX Designer)

Rachel Taylor (Manager in Human Capital; Major Programmes, Deloitte)

Sophie Dees (Client Manager, GlobalLogic)

CV Clinic Hosts:

Ilinca Andronache (Talent Success Manager, hackajob)

Henry Hutton (Lead Talent Success Manager, hackajob)

Sam Baillie (Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, GlobalLogic)

Craig Watson (Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, GlobalLogic)

Lee White (Head of Talent Acquisition, GlobalLogic)

Interactive Workshop Facilitators:

Frankie Rooney (Senior Customer Advocacy Manager, hackajob)

Nikki Thompson (Events & Partnerships Coordinator, hackajob)

For Digital Her:

Emma Grant (Head of Talent & Skills, Manchester Digital)

Kirsten Peters Roebuck (Programme & Events Manager, Manchester Digital)

Ellie Powell (Community Executive, Manchester Digital)

Myles Hamilton (Community Manager, Manchester Digital)

Here's how the day went:

13:30 - 14:00 Arrival & Registration

CV Clinics ran from 13.30 throughout the afternoon in the Lounge Area,

14:00 - 14:30 Welcome talks from Sponsors

14:30 - 15:15 Panel Discussion: Ask me anything with GlobalLogic

#AskmeAnything - This is your chance to ask GlobalLogic's talented Engineering Centre Software Developers  how they accelerated their careers in tech & what advice they offer to thrive in a successful tech career as a woman

15:15 - 15:45 Interactive workshop with InspireHER: Meet the real role models

An opportunity to get chatty with some of the Digital Her community's Real Role Models.

15:45 - 16:05 Break

16:05 - 16:50 Talk: Tech Career Insights with hackajob

hackajob covered how to take the first steps in landing your first role in tech. They discussed digital transformation, the software development lifecycle, market insights, as well as the types of opportunities available and top tips for interviewing!

16.50 - 17:20 Live Interview: A day in the life

A live interview with Dr Maria Aretoulaki, GlobalLogic Principal Consultant and advocate of women in tech. Maria provided insight into what a day in her life is actually like and share her personal career journey.

Maria has been an expert in AI and Machine Learning for Language Engineering / Computational Linguistics for the past 30 years and is a reknowned expert in natural language processing (NLP) and understanding (NLU), speech recognition (ASR), VUI Design and Conversational Experience Design.

17:20 - 17:50 Interactive workshop: What tech talent wants from early-careers in 2023

It’s time to put early careers at the forefront of what employers should do to ensure we continue investing and growing tech talent. Companies should give all applicants an equal opportunity no matter what their background may be. Join hackajob to have your say and be a part of changing this ever-growing sector! 

17:50 - 18:30 Networking with pizza and drinks

It was a fantastic, highly impactful day for attendees and speakers alike, and it was a pleasure to host some of our speakers' very first public speaking opportunities. Every single one did an excellent job, and we're so pleased Digital Her can help women at all stages of their career grow in new ways.

A huge thank you once again to our sponsors hackajob, GlobalLogic & Bruntwood SciTech.

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