Meet Gauri and Sophie—Women who chose to pursue a career in technology
At LessonUp, we're dedicated to empowering educators through our all-in-one software platform designed to enhance teaching experiences. In honour of British Science Week and the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we interview our colleagues Gauri and Sophie, two of our tech heroes. What got them to break through stereotypes and pursue a career in technology? What’s their story and their tips for young girls?
Our amazing and diverse superheroes in disguise
Our tech team is at the core of LessonUp’s success, where both male and female colleagues collaborate to create a diverse and exceptional product. We firmly believe that a balanced team leads to the most innovative outcomes. However, it’s not always easy to find young girls and women who chose to work in the field of technology, and that’s a big loss for the industry. Luckily this disparity inspires initiatives like the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which aims to break down barriers and inspire confidence in young girls contemplating a career in technology and science.
Let yourself be guided by curiosity
Gauri: ‘When I was at school I used to play chess or other games on the computer and was curious to understand the relation between human input and technology. I decided to let myself be led by all the questions I had. Now I work as a test engineer, and truly enjoy testing applications and spotting things that are not working or can be improved for the users.
TIP! My advice for all children would be to explore many new technologies and developments before choosing your career.’
Don’t let your initial lack of skills stop you!
Sophie: 'Originally, I wanted to follow my dad’s example and become an entrepreneur. I tried many different jobs, such as real estate and eventually as an account manager. Then, at 27, I started working at a software company. That’s when I found out that with just a few lessons, and with some trial and error, I was able to learn enough about coding to actually execute my own ideas and bring them to life. That was so cool and inspiring!
TIP! Enjoy unleashing your creativity in a dynamic environment, where things quickly evolve. If you choose coding, you don’t work with physical objects, so you can’t break anything ;-)'
Gauri and Sophie work to support teachers with LessonUp, a comprehensive teaching platform to create engaging, interactive lessons. 👇