What is your job title?

Business Intelligence Team Lead

Please describe your journey into STEM?

At home we always had an interest in technology, so from a young age I was using computers to play games and also to help me research for and present my homework, and project work for school. What I really enjoyed is how I could have a problem and use technology to solve it.

I went on to take ICT for A-Level and then study Information Systems and Accounting at University. I found at University that careers in technology aren't just about coding or building machines, they are also about understanding how people work together and their interactions and how technology can make those interactions easier or quicker or better, or all three.

What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?

Like with anything, a big challenge with technology is that it can be used for harm as well as for good. To find solutions around cyber security and creating a safe space for all, and using and developing ethically and morally responsible technologies that help people and enhance their quality of life rather than hurt them, would be a fantastic thing to achieve. A bit like living in the world presented in Star Trek!

Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?

I think showing students not only the diversity of people in STEM subjects but the diversity of careers and skills that can be used when working in STEM subjects is a really important way to break down stereotypes. I hope this will help young people, their parents and their teachers to be confident enough to pursue subjects that they are truly interested in despite those stereotypes, and to be confident that there are lots of career options relating to those subjects as a result.

What is your Twitter handle?

@gemmakirkman