Agnieszka Stachowiak – Graduate IT Consultant at Farrpoint, Edinburgh

Name Agnieszka Stachowiak
Home town Poznan
Degree at Edinburgh Napier Information Technology (BSc)
Graduation date 2nd July 2014
Role title Graduate IT Consultant
Organisation Farrpoint
Interview date 18 June 2014
Interviewed by Debbie Ratcliffe

What was your experience at Edinburgh Napier University?

I was encouraged right from the start to enhance my employability. I drew a lot of inspiration from lecturers passionate about their field, from other students, from the Connect Network for Women. I got excellent help from the Careers Department.

What are you doing now?

I have just started a graduate job with an Edinburgh-based IT and Telecoms consultancy – Farrpoint..

How did you get to this position and what are your ambitions for the future?

I believe that honing my interview and presentation skills has definitely help. I’d also had some job experience under my belt which definitely helped to improve my self-confidence. I got this particular job through networking so I’m definitely recommending that channel while looking for a job. My ambitions are to become role-model for other women wanting a career in the STEM industry.

What was your experience as a woman on a computing degree course?

It sometimes felt a bit weird as there was only a handful of us on certain modules. However, I hanged out a lot with people studying Digital Media and this is a more gender-balanced course. Going to Connect and Girl Geek Scotland events definitely helped not to feel alienated.

What advice would you give to women wanting to work in computing?

Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone put you off from fulfilling your ambitions. Attend networking events and workshops related to your field. You can meet there successful men and women who will inspire you, give you advice and encouragement.

What was your involvement with Connect when you were at Edinburgh Napier University?

I attended most of the events and I found them very useful. It’s a very inclusive and friendly space where you can talk to other female students as well as industry professionals. It was at one of the Connect events that I heard about the Mentoring Scheme for the first time. The Employer Mentoring programme has helped me improve my confidence and helped me to land a graduate job.

You can visit Agnieszka’s blog to read more about her

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