Community Spotlight: Meet Evie Skinner

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Community Spotlight: Meet Evie Skinner

At Women in DevOps,​ we strive to promote gender equity as we encourage, celebrate, and empower like-minded tech professionals around the world. We are shining a light on our community member, Evie Skinner, who works as a Software Engineer at MadeTech.

Where did you study and what got you into technology?
I studied Modern Languages (French and Arabic) at Durham University, and then part of a PGCE (teacher training) at Newcastle University. I dropped out of the teacher training because I realised it wasn't for me, and I taught myself to code out of a book. I was inspired by friends of mine whom I'd met while travelling a few years earlier who happened to be software engineers, and they had a very enviable work/life balance. When I actually got stuck into coding itself, I realised how creative and logical it was, and how my linguist's brain was perfectly adapted to grasping this new medium of expression.
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What have been your biggest career and personal achievements?
Going from never having written a line of code in my life to getting my first programming job in six months! Also, coaching at Codebar Bristol; providing the space for LGBTQIA+ in tech at QueerTech Bristol; and most of all, seeing the achievements of my amazing mentees.

Tell us about your current place of work and role.
I'm currently a mid-level engineer at Made Tech, where I build life-saving software for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Day to day, I use React, C# and Java to build features for two digital public services. I get to do a lot on the DevOps side too which is very new to me: creating cloud infrastructure with AWS and Terraform is especially fun!

What advice would you give to your younger self?
My younger self had to go through a great deal in order to become the glamorous human I am today. I would say to her brace yourself for some challenging times ahead but you gotta pay the cost to be the boss! Your emotional depth, self-confidence and assertiveness are unique strengths, not weaknesses: in the future, they will allow you to help others like nobody else can.
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