According to PwC, almost two million women in the UK are inactive due to caring commitments, and 76% of women on career breaks want to return to work. Read about the experience of Babitha, a Lead Consultant at Thoughtworks who got back into the tech industry through the Back to IT training program.
Thoughtworks has always been very supportive in my ten years here, especially at the start of my career by staffing me on projects where I could grow and regain my confidence by working with senior Thoughtworkers. This gave me the opportunity to learn from them and also benefit from having a good support network while focusing on adapting to agile ways of working. The staffing team is also considerate of the fact that I am a working mum and makes sure not to place me onto projects too far from home.
I joined Thoughtworks as a developer, and after a few years, I switched to being a Quality Analyst after finding that my passion and strengths lie in seeing the big picture, thinking about the end to end lifecycle and analysing in depth the different scenarios and possibilities in requirements.
As a QA, I am involved in all stages of the software development lifecycle, ie, from product ideation all the way to pushing it live into production. This involves pairing with the Product owner/BA on requirements, with the Experience Designers on design and wireframes and also working closely with the developers to make sure that the solution is well tested and all the scenarios are covered by different layers of automated tests. Coaching and enabling client team members is also an important part of the role. In short, there is never a dull moment and every day presents ample learning opportunities on both technical and soft skills front.
Thoughtworks is passionate about diversity and inclusion, so there are many events like Dev Girl Dinners where women Thoughtworkers meet up to share their experiences and inspire each other. We also host external events such as such as Ladies Who Code, and weekly Code First: Girls courses where coaches from our business teach young women how to code, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved or give back and support people coming into tech.
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