Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
Hey! My name's Charmaine, as my day job I work for a Global IT consultancy as a software tester. I am also a tech advocate, blogger and model.
What are you working on?
I'm currently working on building myself as a brand and someone who inspires the next generation of women in the technology industry. I am also working on my coding skills specifically in Python with AI.
What are the challenges and successes you’ve faced at being a model and a steminist?
I've faced a lot of imposter syndrome as a tech advocate. Sometimes I find myself feeling less qualified to inspire others, especially when I'm surrounded by amazing smart women in the tech industry. However when people reach out and let me know I inspire them it makes it all worth it. As a model you have to be open to always facing criticism about the way you look which can get hard sometimes. However when I've faced major accomplishments such as being published in Vogue italia, it makes everything worthwhile.
What are your goals?
My goals are to be internationally known as a tech advocate and be actively involved in the push of women in the tech industry. My other goals are to model for big brands and publications.
Do you have a mentor?
I have a few people I would consider mentors which have come naturally. These people have really helped my journey and are good at giving advice.
Do you mentor anyone?
I currently offer advice for people via my email firstname.lastname@example.org , on this email i share journey into technology so I would consider myself as a mentor.
What could the tech industry do to better foster female talent?
Hiring women in higher positions of power can help for representation. This would mean people could see women in technology in the industry and be able to get there. Also exposing children to technology and the routes into STEM industries from young.
What advice would you give to people getting into your field?
I would say that they should work on their current skills, network with different individuals and be actively trying to add to your portfolio.Whether that means reaching out to different platforms to work for free or via internships to gain experience.
What’s the best and worst advice you have received?
The best advice I've ever received was 'be your authentic self, what is meant for you will follow'. The worst advice I've received is 'successful people don't think about resting, they think about winning' . This kind of advice was the cause of me burning out a lot/ being overwhelmed.
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
I follow every person and every organisation on Twitter and Instagram promoting women in STEM, technology. This keeps me interested in what's going on in the world of STEM and Tech.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?