What is your background (CFG and other)/what do you do?
I started studying Computer Science at the University of Leeds in 2015, and it was whilst I was on my industrial placement year in 2017 that I first got involved teaching CFG courses. Since then I have taught 6 different classes and around 100 girls the beginner’s web development course! I graduated last year and now I am working as a software developer at X-Lab, a company which makes software for Pathology labs.
Why did you want to volunteer with CFG?
As soon as I heard about CFG I knew I wanted to get involved! I have always been really keen to get involved with women in tech initiatives, ever since I studied A-Level Computing and was the only girl in the year group, of 1000 students. I also wanted to champion the fact that you don’t need a CS degree to pursue a career in tech, and I think CFG have really made an impact in this area.
What is your favourite part of teaching?
It has been an invaluable experience in so many ways. My favourite part of teaching is that in just leading a 1-hour session you build so many skills – confidence, leadership, public speaking and the ability to break complex things in a way that’s easy to explain and understand.
What advice do you have for future CFG volunteers?
Planning in advance really helps the lessons flow easier, as well as breaking up the lessons between different instructors so it isn’t just one person talking all the time. I also think it’s really important to spend the first session getting to know all the students! Learning their names, making sure they are all set up and letting them know they can ask anything.