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National Careers Week: think, learn, compute

National Careers Week takes place from 2-7 March 2020 and celebrates the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges.

With the demand for computing skills growing, there has never been a more important time to ensure young people are equipped for the future workplace. This National Careers Week, we’re raising awareness of how computational thinking can empower us as individuals and as a society.

We spoke to six professionals working in non-stereotypical roles and industries which rely on computing skills to show how essential it is to have a foundational knowledge of the subject, regardless of the career path you decide to follow.

Meet the professionals

“I can’t think of any other job that would present me with the opportunity to be involved in the delivery of technologies, ranging from airfield telecommunications and aircraft airbridges, to the latest generation security screening equipment.”

Mark Bardsley

Mark Bardsley
Transformation Programme IT Executive
Manchester Airport Group

Read Mark’s interview

“The thing I love is when you read stories about how Alexa has helped people. The leader of a charity for blind people said how much Alexa has helped him, because its users are now able to access RNIB-verified information via voice commands.”

Beth Holmes

Beth Holmes
Knowledge Engineer
Amazon

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“I feel incredibly fortunate to be in a role that allows my interests as a scientist to be used to support the care of cancer patients. Knowing my research has the potential to further improve the outcomes of patients is such a strong driving force.”

Marcus Tyyger

Marcus Tyyger
Clinical Scientist - Medical
Physics (Radiotherapy)
NHS

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“I think computer science is super interesting and can help tackle all sorts of real-world problems. There are still so many open research questions and computer science is definitely a valuable skill in academia!”

Risa Ueno

Risa Ueno
PhD student
British Antarctic Survey

Read Risa’s interview

“For me, the most interesting thing is understanding behaviours - I enjoy and learn more when we go above and beyond current technology and think more about everyday habits and general consumer behaviour.”

Swetha Sethu-Jones

Swetha Sethu-Jones
Senior UX Researcher
Just Eat

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“It’s been great to apply what I’ve been taught at university to real-life scenarios instead of those you read about in a textbook and see how they can be used to make a difference in practice.”

Sam Parker

Sam Parker
Technology Degree Apprenticeship and student
PwC

Read Sam’s interview