It was a great partnership between vendor and client when Christel Aguila, Head of IT and Partner and Cameron Lowrie from Winckworth Sherwood’s IT Team alongside Bighand’s Marketing Director Briana McCrory and Head of Product Lucinda Faucher did a talk at lunchtime yesterday to a group of 50 girls about careers in tech – specifically Legal Tech, in order to raise awareness about the myriad of possibilities open to them when it comes to technology related careers. These were two groups of Year-7 classes from Notre Dame RC School in Southwark, as part of the Legal Sector’s Deltas initiative to promote Tech and Cybersecurity to under-represented groups in the area.
Christel and Cameron talked about unconscious bias challenging the girls with examples that got them really engaged. Christel talked about recruitment challenges and her own journey into the IT world, getting rejected and more importantly how girls can equally excel in a male dominated tech environment. She touched on the dangers of technology and social media to a very engaging group who practically had their hands up asking questions at every opportunity during the entire presentation. Christel says – “we were initially daunted by how the talk would be received but we were all energized and surprised by the engagement, enthusiasm and positive response to our presentation. Cam also brought new awareness when he talked about apprenticeship schemes and being a Tech apprentice himself.”
The Bighand team talked about TIKTOK as a case study, the social media platform that has taken the Generation Z by storm as well as their respective personal tech journeys within Bighand. The girls were equally enthused by their talk as well as being inspired by all the international travelling the Bighanders did as part of their job. Bighand are located not far from Winckworth Sherwood at Union street but has offices in the US, Canada, Netherlands and Australia.
Both organisations do a lot of work within the local community and charities in the Southwark area. Thereza Snyman, Deltas Ambassador was also present to cheer the Teams Bighand and WS!