As a Data Architect, my role involves all things data. I love it, right from the conceptual modelling and the data flows, to working with our solutions guys to solve a problem. If it involves data, I’m there!

Meet Sarah, our Data Architect.

Sarah’s part of the Enterprise Architecture team within our IT department.  We asked her to provide some insight into her role and share her thoughts on her career journey so far.

What does your job role involve?

As a Data Architect, my role involves all things data. I love it, right from the conceptual modelling and the data flows, to working with our solutions guys to solve a problem. If it involves data, I’m there!

What made you choose a career in technology?

I fell into a career in technology entirely by accident. I studied to be a musician at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and actually used to be a professional trumpet player. I had no intention of ever working in an office. I became interested in data when I took (what I intended to be) a temporary job involving working with statistics when my daughter was young. I ended up staying at that company for 13 years working within various departments. Somehow, I ended up on a data warehouse project as a data analyst, and the rest is history! I was lucky enough to work with lots of experts from all walks of life on that project; I learnt to code and to model data and eventually I had the confidence to become a data architect. It was a series of very fortunate events that lead me into the role I’m in today.

Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?

I used to learn to write code at home in my spare time and would use those skills within the jobs I was doing to make myself more efficient. But until I had some SQL (Structured Query Language) training on the job I learned most of what I know from blogs, forums, watching webinars and listening to podcasts; I’d then have a go on my computer at home and try to make things work.

Why did you apply for your role at MotoNovo Finance?

MotoNovo seemed like a company with a difference. I was excited by the opportunity to join and make a real impact. I wanted the chance to put everything I’ve learnt into practice and introduce new techniques in storing, creating and reporting on data. MotoNovo has not disappointed, it’s an interesting and exciting challenge, we can do great things here.

What do you think would entice more women to study technology related courses?

I don’t think we need to do too much to entice women to study IT, I think it’s more important that the right people find the right courses by giving them exposure to opportunities to try it at an early age. At school these days, children have far more opportunities to study technology. My daughter was coding HTML aged 7 thanks to local initiatives in schools to teach children to code. Giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to learn is key so anyone with the potential to perform a technical role can learn the skills they need early on.

What could society do to encourage even more women to start a career in tech?

I think we should be teaching young girls early on to be confident and believe that they can do and be whatever they want without gender being a limit to their possibilities. This will help to encourage young girls to find the right path for them and will eventually lead to even more women starting a career in not only in tech but in business!