Women in Tech: Chantelle Prempeh
The fourth story in the series of our celebrating our Women in Tech interviews. This time, we speak to Chantelle Prempeh, Lead User Experience Manager.
How did you decide to pursue a career in technology? Was it your childhood ambition or a spontaneous decision to work in the field?
I had always been interested in hands-on classes at school, my favourite classes were Technology and Art, coupled with playing video games from a young age I think I always would have been doing something tech based or art, and I kind of do both now (and a lot more!).
I’d always been interested in UX, I remember being taught about Ergonomics in Resistant Materials, so always had an interest in why things are built the way they are, and who for.
What are your biggest achievements / moments you’re most proud of in the workplace?
The updates we are making to the Nuffield Health app has been a highlight, making it more beneficiary centric and user friendly, it’s been nice to hear the improvements and there’s a lot more to come.
What advice can you give to women considering a career in tech?
Network and research! Tech is rewarding but isn’t an easy field, so make sure you understand what roles interest you, start asking around, join meetups and get some real-life knowledge before making the deep dive. I would also avoid bootcamps or anything that promises to get you a job in X number of months! (It probably won’t and might cost you a penny!)
Do you think that women have the same opportunities as men in the tech world? How can we change that?
I think it depends on the field, UX has more women than men but maybe something like Data Engineering may have a different ratio. Again, I think if people want to pursue opportunities they shouldn’t limit themselves, if you can’t see an opportunity then seek one, and ask around.