Blog 53

Laura

Laura B, Business Analyst

Why did you get into technology?

I first became interested in working with technology whilst being part of a focus group to improve a call centre banking system I was using in my then role as a call centre operative. I really loved the idea that you didn’t just have to put up with problematic systems and rubbish processes… you could fix them and improve things for everyone!

Who inspires you?

I probably take most inspiration from my sister – she has a young family which is demanding in itself but alongside that works with older people with mental health problems, every day trying to bring them out of themselves and keep them happy and healthy. Despite her own health problems, she remains positive, strong and powerful, even when she might not feel it outwardly – she is a constant inspiration to me.

How do you find working at Degree 53?

Degree 53 is the first place I’ve worked where I don’t feel like people feel I know less or I’m not as good at my job or my opinion isn’t relevant because I’m female. It’s a good place to be!

Jade

Jade, Design Director

Why did you get into technology?

I’ve always been a bit of a tech nerd, even at a young age. I would always be on a computer of some sort, whether it was a Gameboy, Sega, Playstation, PC, mobile phone, MacBook, iPod, iPad, iPhone… You name it! I’ve had it all. It was only fitting that I would be doing something in the digital space, it just happened to end up being Design. There’s so much growth and opportunity, so it would have been silly not to get into the tech industry.

Who inspires you?

I tend not to name drop so I’d say close friends, family and colleagues around me. When it comes to design, I’m inspired a lot by music and film. When I was younger, I wanted to work at Pixar as an animator. Pixar’s style is very distinct and that’s really what I look for to be inspired. Something that everyone else does but it has that special thing you can’t quite explai,n but you know it’s them. I hope I can create something like that one day!

How do you find working at Degree 53?

Degree 53 is a massive part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s allowed me to grow as a professional and as a person, and I have been faced with so many challenges and opportunities over the years. On reflection (which I don’t really do a lot of), it’s been a fantastic journey… and it’s only the beginning. There’s never a boring day at Degree 53 for me and what’s weird is… I see the number 53 everywhere I go… which must be a good sign!

Christina

Christina, Project Co-ordinator

Why did you get into technology?

I worked within an IT/Software environment before working at Degree 53 and realised I wanted to continue in the industry in the right role for me (project management).

Who inspires you?

Michelle Obama

How do you find working at Degree 53?

I enjoy working here as everyone works as a team and I like the office environment.

Jenny

Jenny, Marketing Manager

Why did you get into technology?

I've always been interested in digital stuff, as I used to spend a lot of time online when I was at school (also learning HTML for MySpace!). I first got involved in tech when I was working for a banking software company where I had to learn a lot about software development, mobile apps and UX/UI design for my role. I really enjoyed it and wanted to continue my career in this field. It's such a fast changing area and I'm always interested in finding out what new technologies are brought out.

Who inspires you?

I find inspiration in different areas, such as films, music, art, travel - anything I can apply to my work and life in general. Of course, my friends and family are a huge inspiration for me, and seeing their own progression and drive to succeed is very inspiring.

How do you find working at Degree 53?

I absolutely love working at Degree 53, it's such a dynamic and fun company! Everyone is very supportive and happy to share their knowledge. I handle all the marketing activities for the agency and work with different departments, so it makes my job really interesting, as I get to learn different areas of the business. It's also great to see how my work can make an impact on the company and I feel very valued here.

Kate

Kate, Project Manager

Why did you get into technology?

I used to work in the super yacht industry and I grew tired of the lack of progression and change. Those super rich folk were so stuck in their ways and it frustrated me! I wanted to get myself into an industry that is constantly evolving, and technology seemed like the most obvious choice for me. Since I first dipped my toe into tech, I’ve never looked back. I’ve worked with some incredibly clever, funny and interesting people and I’ve gained so much knowledge into our ever changing world of technology.

Who inspires you?

It’s hard to pick just one inspiration, but Frida Kahlo sticks out as someone who I’ve always admired. She is my Latin American heroine! She had such a difficult and challenging upbringing, but it never held her back from realising her dreams. Her artwork is beautiful too and really celebrates Mexican folk culture (one of my all-time favourite things!).

How do you find working at Degree 53?

This sounds so cliché… but Degree 53 really is like a little family and it’s somewhere I genuinely enjoy coming to every day. We all have a lot of respect for each other and I laugh at least five times a day. This is very important – laughing is essential. It’s also somewhere I’ve really grown as a project manager, and where I’ve had a lot of opportunities and responsibilities given to me and I can’t thank them enough for that.

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