For International Women's Day, we're posting a series of blogs featuring some of the women in IT at Mirus. Today we're featuring Ashanti Dawkins, Service Operations Apprentice.
Ashanti's part of the Mirus Service Operations Team, based from the main Milton Keynes head office.
Ashanti has recently joined Mirus and is our first female Service Operations Apprentice!
We caught up with Ashanti for our 'Women in IT 2020' series of blogs.
What’s your role at Mirus, and previous experience in the IT industry?
I am a Service Operations Apprentice and I was studying IT at college beforehand.
What made you choose/inspired you to take up a career in IT/with Mirus IT?
I was interested in STEM subjects and I think it’s important that women are in STEM careers, hence why I chose to start mine in IT. Also, I’m an apprentice so I’m learning about IT and technology as I complete my course.
What do you love most about working in IT/ at Mirus IT?
There’s a nice environment and atmosphere and everyone is welcoming. It's nice that all the apprentices get along and our social events are good for getting to know each other outside of work.
Do you think more women should consider tech roles, and why?
I do think so yeah because I think times are changing and women are evolving, and the workplace is too.
What struggles, or opinions if any, have you encountered along the way?
Yes, on my first induction day of college, there were only the IT and Health and Social Care students there and someone assumed I was going to the Health and Social Care class, which I was not…..
Do you feel like your gender has affected your treatment or experience in the industry?
People at college assuming I'm not doing IT is weird and at first it was also quite awkward at college as I was one of the only girls in a class of boys, but you get used to it.
Who's your idol?
I’d say my brother is my idol because he manages to balance doing what he loves and having a successful IT career at the same time.
What do you like to do outside of work, any hobbies?
I like watching Netflix, painting, yoga and listening to music.
Thanks for your time Ashanti, it's great to have you on the #MTeam!
Keep an eye on our main International Women's Day blog over the week as we recognise the women of Mirus and champion the rise of women in this vibrant industry!
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