Spotlight: Pamela Doherty, Associate Administrator at DXC technology
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
Every year I go to a massive rock festival called Download at Donnington. Where a group of friends and I enjoy listening to around 30 rock bands live over the space of 3 days.
Tell us about your career journey so far
I studied BA Media Theory and Production at the then University of Paisley 20 years ago. Due to my customer service history my career developed there, I became the manager of a High St shoe store. When I became pregnant, I left full time employment to become a full time mum. When my son was old enough that I wanted to consider going back to work full time the jobs available to me were not what I wanted as a career. I decided to fulfil a long time aspiration and go back to University and study MSc in Information Technology. I have always loved technology and always wanted to further my education in that area. it felt daunting going back to university in my 40’s but I am so grateful that I did, to have the opportunity to restart my career at this age has significantly changed my life. I now am probably one of the oldest early career graduates at DXC technology but have never felt that my age has been noticed and I am really enjoying working in an industry I have always wanted to be part of.
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
Maths. I have always loved puzzles and maths is like one giant puzzle.
What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Working with loads of different people, learning knew skills, being involved in projects that I wouldn’t have expected to be involved in, for example; video editing, which was a skill I picked up doing my degree and never thought I would use in my career.
What is a normal day in your role like?
I work from home. I log into my work laptop and check emails and Window’s Teams to check any notifications. I am currently in training with DXC so I log into their own DXC University and I can choose from a myriad of subjects to learn. Right now, I am learning Java and working on becoming a software tester. I also collaborate with fellow graduates in projects ranging from making internal information videos to starting a new mentoring project.
Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
https://www.w3schools.com/ is a great introduction to many web development coding programs.
http://ultimatetictactoe.creativitygames.net/ Is a great game that helps you improve your forward thinking. You cannot just make a move as your move has a direct influence on the opponent’s move. A move can win or break the game. You get better at recognising patterns, come up with a strategy and clear traps one by one.