Ada Lovelace Day
The second day in October marks Ada Lovelace day – an international day of recognition for women working in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).
Ada Lovelace is considered the world's first computer programmer. Her passion and vision have made her a powerful symbol for women in the modern world of technology, which is why we now celebrate Ada Lovelace day, every year. In 2017 Alice attended a Nationwide event celebrating Ada Lovelace which inspired her to join the TDP apprenticeship programme.
We caught up with Alice to find out about her career in tech.Read more
How do you think the Ada Lovelace event helped you choose your career path?
In 2017 I attended the Ada Lovelace event held at Nationwide House in Swindon. Before attending the event, I was unsure of what area I wanted to enter to start my career. From the Knowledge talks, and workshops at the Ada Lovelace event, I was inspired to follow an IT career and gained a greater understanding of the areas, opportunities, and pathways a Technology role offers. I learnt about the apprenticeship programme that they offered that would allow me to work in a range of teams using different technologies, whilst also working towards my bachelor’s degree. From Ada Lovelace day, I chose a career in software engineering which I could pursue through the Nationwide apprenticeship degree.
What’s been the best bit about your learning experience?
The best bit about my learning experience has been being able to put what I learn in my lectures into practice every day. The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to learn on the job with so much support and the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them.
What would you say to someone who is considering a career in Tech/I.T?
Technology is an exciting, educational, and ever evolving sector where it’s impossible to be bored. A career in IT opens the door to so many pathways and the opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies and brand-new innovations that are essential to daily life.
What is it like working in Nationwide’s Tech world?
Technology is a constantly moving and evolving area in which you can work for years and still learn something new every day. Nationwide offers and encourages you to explore and learn as a team and on your own with training, knowledge shares, teaching tools and articles available on demand.
What benefits do you think you got from doing the apprenticeship instead of entering straight into a role?
Having the freedom to make mistakes and receive the support needed to help resolve them has been of my apprenticeship. I can work and shadow colleagues in different teams to gain knowledge and am supported by not only my team but also the TDP team. I am able to learn on the job with training through nationwide as well as university to make the most out of my role.