Can you tell us a little bit about you and your role at Ten10?
Hi, I’m Karen Eke and I’m a Junior Consultant at Ten10. I joined Ten10 a year and a half ago and I am currently placed at a client in the FX Scrum team. I work in DevOps, and the rest of my team is made up of developers.
My role is primarily manual testing, and the FX Scrum is responsible for Platforms for FX Products, delivering enhancements and new features for the systems.
It is a great team to work in and there is a lot of variety in the work that I do. I am able to interact with and learn about different systems which means there are constantly new opportunities for personal development.
What drew you into the tech industry?
My interest in pursuing a career in tech peaked towards the end of my Economics degree. I became increasingly aware that technology is the underlying force driving strategy and competition in markets and I recognised the importance of having a digital business. Technology has become an essential buy-in, and integral to the efficient functioning and success of any business. My studies helped me to appreciate the role technological innovations have played in society, and I wanted the opportunity to shape and deliver complex technology solutions. Given that technology will continue to replace many occupations, I saw a career in tech as a chance to be part of an industry that is moving with the current and to work in a dynamic environment.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the economic, socio-cultural, and political achievements of women, and to amplify the voices of women. It is an opportunity to educate and inspire young women to pursue careers in industries perceived to be male-dominated such as tech. International Women’s Day is a great way to highlight the achievements of women in this industry, showcasing the opportunities in the field, so young women see this career path as a viable option.
What women inspire you and why?
I am inspired by women who are actively working to create a more equal and enabled society. Women like Elaine Welteroth, the first Black Editor-in-Chief at Teen Vogue, who uses her platform to fight against racism and amplify Black voices. And Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, which aims to empower girls of colour to enter tech fields. These women work to promote positive change, diversity, and balance in their industries, something I hope to see more of in many industries, especially tech.