I chose to study engineering because of my brother. He was in the middle of a degree and suggested that I give it a try.
Until then, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I dreamt of being a chef, an accountant and for a while, an actress. But the first time I thought seriously about my career was when I enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University.
That was five years ago. Since then I’ve gone through Telstra’s Graduate Program and now work in the Customer Co-Creation and Innovation Space in Product Engineering.
My role includes bringing together deep network experts, customers and partners to unlock new technology opportunities for Telstra.
I’m very happy to be working here. The company’s focus on flexibility and professional development has allowed me to seamlessly manage my day-to-day responsibilities.
The thing that gets me really excited about engineering and technology, and why I love doing what I’m doing, is that it is so versatile and full of real-life applications. It’s about the impact that you are having through the technology solution being developed, as opposed to just playing around with some cool tech.
It’s this passion that I want to foster through Robogals.
Robogals aims to inspire, engage and empower young women to pursue engineering and related fields, and I think that’s what it all comes down to. I had no idea what engineering was about. I was lucky that my brother recommended it, but a lot of people, especially young girls, don’t have that opportunity. That’s why I’m so passionate about what the organisation is trying to achieve.
As the CEO, I’m spearheading a global initiative to encourage young women into STEM. So far, Robogals has run more than 3500 workshops and has reached over 75,000 girls, and over 115,000 students.
Being part of something that introduces young girls to robotics, coding and other areas of engineering is deeply gratifying. We recently ran a workshop in Melbourne which was to do with binary numbers, something I didn’t learn until my first year of university. But we are able to get girls as young as five years old thinking about this stuff. And they love it. They get so engaged and involved, the little kids especially.
While I recognise that true equality is still a little way off when it comes to women in STEM, I believe that more and more employers are making lasting commitments to gender diversity in the workplace.
Telstra is one of many companies that has endorsed a gender diversity policy in their efforts to foster a more inclusive work environment. Their ongoing support has also enabled me to devote time and energy to Robogals and to see the organisation reach new heights.