Could a career in technology
be for you?

“If a role in technology interests you, don’t let a lack of formal technical training dissuade you.”

Bee Hayes-Thakore is director of business enablement for connectivity management at Arm.

Over the last 20 years I’ve had the opportunity to work on next generation fighter jet engines, robotic systems that would work on other planets and technology for areas such as mining, critical medical supplies and humanitarian support during natural disasters. Being an engineer is certainly not boring!

Today in my role at Arm, I work with companies from all sectors looking to tackle the challenge that is digital transformation. Low-cost sensors, near-ubiquitous connectivity and the ability to generate vast amounts of data are driving the revolution of the Internet of Things. Some weeks are spent helping customers incorporate these elements into patient tracking solutions that can help medical staff dealing with acute heart patients in hospitals, while other days are spent understanding how smart meters can be run reliably and securely to save energy.

My early and recent career stages paint different pictures, however they have been equally fulfilling and rewarding. On a day to day basis, the questions I strive to answer remain the same: What are the most meaningful applications of the technology at hand? What’s the most efficient way to improve it? Culture is also something that I have prioritised in my career. Working in a team that is diverse and inclusive has enormous benefits not just for creating a vibrant, fun workplace – but also for the business. There is strong evidence that the inclusion of more diverse viewpoints and perspectives creates better, more interesting and more sustainable solutions, products and ideas.  

If a role in technology interests you, don’t let a lack of formal technical training dissuade you. There is increasing prominence and urgency to involve perspectives from the arts, as well as sociological and psychological science expertise, when new technology is being designed. There are readily available online communities, courses and tools such as the BBC Micro:bit that can even be loaned from local libraries, to get started with coding.

The UK faces a significant shortage of engineering and technology talent, but I believe this can be overcome through encouraging more enterprising, resourcefulness and inter-disciplinary skills. Be persistent, be willing to learn and know that if you fail at first, you just haven’t found how to solve it yet. Technology will have an everlasting and powerful impact on us and future generations. If you are creative and like solving problems, then a career in technology could be for you.