The new IT girl in town
The IT industry is typically male-dominated, with men currently
outnumbering women four to one* - something Emma Clarke, 24, a
Software Developer at Aberdeen IT firm Codify, would like to see
change as she works her way up the ladder.
Emma said: "There are still myths out there that IT restricts
you to programming day in and day out. A lot of females I speak to
underestimate the scope of what I get to do which is maybe why some
of them decide against the IT route. I was the only girl left on my
university course by the time I graduated.
"Each day is different which certainly keeps things fun and
interesting - not words many people would necessarily associate
with an IT role."
Emma enrolled on a distance learning Web Development course
through Aberdeen College after leaving Aboyne Academy. This then
led her to Robert Gordon University's Computing for Graphics and
Animation degree course which she completed last year. Upon
graduating she was invited into Codify where she is already
making an impression and is being encouraged to progress.
Currently a developer within the technical support team, Emma
works closely with a number of large Aberdeen-based oil and gas
She continues: "Helping fix applications when they go wrong,
whether it involves a database or data management, gives me a great
deal of satisfaction and spurs me on. I really enjoy interacting
with all of our clients and delivering what is a valuable service
to them - being able to pick up the phone and seek our help
whenever required is so important for companies.
"I recently attended an applicant day at RGU to speak about my
experiences since graduating and I really enjoyed having the
opportunity to promote my industry, in particular to female
students. Hopefully I am doing my bit to dispel any myths and pave
the way for more of us girls.
"I'm suited to the pace within an IT firm like Codify.
Being kept busy with a variety of hands-on tasks suits my
personality down to the ground.
"Because Codify is a small company we're more like a family. We
do team building sessions and always take time out to catch up
socially as individuals rather than colleagues which is always
Emma can certainly argue that emerging talent is never
overlooked by Codify. Each year they employ a placement student for
one year as part of their studies in addition to monitoring
"The average age at Codify is quite low and it's refreshing that
they do value new talent, developing your skills in a way that can
be applied effectively within the industry which is invaluable
following your academic studies. Graduates can bring something to a
company, whether it is enthusiasm or a fresh, unbiased
"Maybe not all IT companies are like Codify but I have
definitely found my fit - a company that makes IT fun and diverse
whilst putting professionalism and customers at the heart of
everything it does."
* Maggie Berry, managing director of Women in Technology,
an information portal for female technologists