Digi Women in Tech: Andrea Bryant

FROM FASHION DESIGNER TO SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, ANDREA HAS BEEN ON A FASCINATING AND EMPOWERING CAREER JOURNEY WITH US.
 
What inspired you to pursue a career in the tech space?

I started my working career as a fashion designer and spent a number of years in the industry before I decided on a trajectory change. I joined DigiOutsource at the end of 2013 and was really new to working in a tech space.  However, as I became more exposed to the business I acquired a keen interest in learning how everything fits together in both front and back end dev. The more knowledge that I gained, the more fascinating and awesome the prospect of getting intricately involved in this dynamic and organic space became. Technology has become such an incredible aspect of our day-to-day lives, both in the personal and work environments, that I am able to learn and grow more and more every day.

Talk us through your journey at Digi.

In December 2013, I joined DigiOutsource as a Customer Service Host for the UK team and gained an abundance of business insights. In June 2014, I expanded my curiosity into the banking side of the business and made the move to Digiprocessing as a data acquirer. Banking opened up another world of interest as I worked closely with all teams involved. I was able to gain insight into the inner workings of finance, dev, BI (Business Intelligence) etc. and it amazed me. It was like seeing all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle falling into place, and solving issues were like solving the puzzle, which differs each time.

After a couple of years, I decided to head into the wonderful world of QA (Quality Assurance) in June 2016, because it greatly appealed to my ability to seek out the fine details and testing of applications/products/services from end to end. I studied and became certified as a tester and in agile testing, and worked my way into a senior position. QA naturally exposed me to development because I worked both with and around various teams of developers and engineers. One of my innovation tasks led me down the path of automation, which required me to learn C# programming. I enjoyed the project so much, from creating something from scratch, to implementing my QA skillset into dev unit testing. I did not want the project to end and approached management about the possibility of moving into a junior developer position. I studied for a year and in December 2018, I was successful in my application as a junior dev. Since then I have been continuing my studies and trying to absorb as much as possible from my colleagues. I am incredibly blessed to have had such amazing support from every department and team I have been in. To have your team cheering you on at each step of the way, is what got me to where I am today.
 
What do you think women bring to the technical domain?

There has definitely been a conscious shift in attracting females to the technical domain and Computer Science fields. This is being done at the grassroots level in primary schools all the way to the workplace. It is also attributed to the changing attitudes of workplace culture that a lot of companies (including DigiOutsource) have been driving hard to evolve and foster a more diverse and welcoming space. Without trying to focus on gender, I think that women bring their own set of unique and critical traits such as open communication, good organisation, and interpersonal skills. Having a diverse team, across gender and culture, can only serve to strengthen business innovation and value.

What is your most valued aspect about being a Digi Woman in Tech?

I don’t really notice the difference about being a woman in my department. I know that we are outnumbered, but I am never treated any differently. I am given the same opportunities and obstacles as my male colleagues. The environment and culture here at DigiOutsource is both relaxed and inviting, which enables me to be myself and bring to the team not only my skillset, but my character too. 

Do you have any advice to encourage women looking to join the tech space?

Be yourself and push those boundaries. Tech is ever changing and such an amazing thing to be part of. Don’t feel that you need to pretend to be anyone other than yourself. Work your hardest, share both your skills and your flaws so that everyone can learn from your wins and mistakes. There are a few companies that still have the stigma about men in tech, but don’t take it personally and move on, there are plenty of others that will embrace all of you.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

My time here at DigiOutsource has been the happiest of all my working experience. The opportunities are endless and the ability to learn and enjoy your job every day is just awesome. 
 
Feeling inspired? Head over to our careers page to see if we have the perfect role for you.

 
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