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A career in Tech? Yes. But why?

4th February, 4pm

Hear from senior black talent in tech busting some myths about careers in tech. We’ll showcase some of the different roles and paths within the industry so you can really understand the opportunities. We’ll have some leading employers at this session including JP Morgan & PwC sharing what sort of roles they are recruiting for.

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Hosted by Monikah Lee

Monikah's portfolio is an example of her indispensable versatility, which includes international bookings across the Caribbean and in Europe, as well as working with notable brands such as Bacardi, Waitrose, Apple & Selfridges to name a few. She has recently worked across No Signal Radio (including hosting their popular 10v10 series live from Barbados) and featured in Channel 4's six-part debate show '4 Real.

Lead speakers:

Augustina Adjei – Software Technology Management Graduate at ARM

Joseph Sigbeku- Graduate Software Developer at ARM

Panellists:

Cecil Peters- Executive Director at JP Morgan

Alex Fefegha - Co-founder & director of creative technology COMUZI & associate lecturer at UAL’s creative computing institute

Questions we couldn't answer

We didn't get to answer all of the questions from the chat on the day. So, below are the answers to everything we didn't get to.

What skills in computer science and programming would you recommend for a novice who wants to move from beginner to advance?

I would say the choice of skills is an individual preference.  Follow your passion as on bad days your passion will carry you through.  However you must aim to develop mastery over one domain first.  Be one of the very best at it so that you have a foundation to move on to the next area.  For example if you are learning Python and you like it.  Then create your own projects, commit them to your GitHub repo. Be comfortable that you can hold your own in one area.

Can you tell us more about your other role (your passion). How can we, aspiring black techies, get involved?

Advancing Black Pathways is a business strategy within JPMorgan.   Which is supported from the very top of the organisation all the way down.  See the link here.   Within my line of business I create initiatives that loosely align with the strategy.  What I am quite good at is getting people to collaborate on a problem that they never publicly declared an interest in previously.

What tips would you give on constant re-education to apply one's tech skills/inventions in different industries

I was a mature student.  I did not complete my Masters until I was in my 40’s.  My mum was a nurse, but even in her retirement takes courses, learns new languages and is constantly educating herself.  Education is important, but we also need to know ourselves. Be self-aware.  Recognise that moving forward in any industry takes sponsorship and advocacy.  If you don’t know someone in the area that you want to work in, then join some forums, look for introductions, build your network through academia as well as industry.  Employers more and more often are also looking for potential and you can only assess potential based on past experience.   If you don’t put yourself out there, then no one can see that potential.  

What would you each say was the most difficult part of your journeys?

There will be times when you apply for lots of jobs and never get a response. You will have days when you hate your job.  There will be days when you don’t get promoted (or a pay rise) and you think it’s unfair. There will be days when you hate your bosses  The hardest part is remembering when you are at your lowest that tomorrow gives you another chance and that you control your change.