Sofia McKerrow discusses her role as an analyst at Novigi.
What is your role at Novigi?
I am an analyst at Novigi. My role involves both technical and advisory work. Advisory work I do includes writing business documentation and doing research, whereas the technical activities involve working with databases, data analysis and developing business intelligence reports.
You have a fairly diverse background, what led you to become interested in working in technology?
I’ve always been pretty good with computers and being able to pick things up quite quickly. I tried looking for professional roles in a few other industries but wasn’t able to find anything suitable and when I was looking for something else IT appealed to me. I had also heard that there were great opportunities and lots of work in the area, particularly for women as they are trying to encourage more women to work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) roles.
What sort of projects do you enjoy working on?
I enjoy working on technical projects the most, particularly doing work where I can really get down to the nitty gritty and get my hands on it, such as work that involves some coding, data analysis or developing Power BI reports. I enjoy solving puzzles, so solving technical problems for clients really appeals to me.
How do you feel that you have challenged gender barriers while working in STEM?
Honestly, I have been pretty lucky and I don’t personally feel like I have been treated differently as a woman working in technology. Especially working at Novigi, I have been treated the same as any of the male analysts – not any less capable or less intelligent. I have heard stories about women in IT that have felt discriminated against in that way so I do feel quite fortunate. I have felt that as a woman in technology at this point in time I have been given opportunities and been advantaged due to the push into getting more women involved in the field.
Why do you think it is important for organisations to adopt new technologies?
I think it is important for organisations to adopt new technologies as it enables them to significantly improve their efficiencies, optimise business processes, and provide excellent services to their clients, customers, and other users. Also, as people use more technology, cybersecurity becomes more of a problem and organisations have issues with hacking etc. New technology can assist to improve cybersecurity practices to protect organisations’ data, prevent attacks, and allow them to respond better when an attack does happen.
What’s your favourite thing about working for Novigi?
I really like being able to work on a variety of different projects – both in advisory and technical. This has really helped me to learn new skills and build my knowledge in multiple areas.
The team at Novigi are also great people to work with! I get along with everyone and have been supported by both the team and management. Management looks out for their employees and if I need help I know that it is there.
What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?
I enjoy reading and so I read a lot of books on the weekends. My favourite genres are sci-fi, fantasy and classic literature. I also like to unwind by playing video games and streaming some movies or TV shows.
What is an interesting fact (or two) about you?
An interesting thing about me is that I played the flute for many years and received my A.Mus.A (essentially a Diploma of Music) several years ago. I used to perform solo and also performed in multiple groups including a Jazz band!
Sofia McKerrow is an Analyst at Novigi and is based in the Melbourne office.
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