How did you end up doing the job you do?
“After completing my degree in electronic engineering, I started working in microcontroller programming, and that led to a career in software development. I completed my masters in software systems while working as a developer. I had an 11-year career break to spend more time with my family.
“When I wanted to restart my career, I started working with online courses. In late 2021 I joined the Tech Returners programme, which was created to empower experienced engineers like me back into the tech sector after career breaks – and at the same time help tackle the digital skills shortage.
“A backend development programme gave me the opportunity to learn new tools and methodologies, as well as insights about the latest changes in development processes. We all completed mini projects at the end of each section of the programme. In addition to the tech training, the programme offered confidence-boosting workshops that have helped me to understand how having a growth mindset can give you tremendous help in all aspects of life.
“Overall, the programme helped me to upskill in technology - and I regained my confidence to get back to work in software development. Through the programme I got an interview with Opencast, and that’s where I am now!”