One of the Tech Women Celebration 50 - women changing the ratio of the tech workforce
Naamua is a graduate software engineer at Tesco, and also alumna of Next Tech Girls. Naamua is very early in her career, but an important inclusion in the Tech Women Celebration 50 because she is such a relatable role model for young women and girls.
Naamua took an academic route into a tech career, although she was quite literally the only person in her school year to want to take Computer Science at A-level. Fortunately her school was prepared to run a course for her and she had already found some like minded friends and contacts via Next Tech Girls work experience placements at Tata Consulting and Vodafone.
"I got into programming through school and did GSCE Computer Science, A-level and then a BSc in Computer Science at University of Birmingham. I did three placements through NTG when I was 15 and 16, and I went through those placements to reassure myself and understand if this really was the direction I wanted to go in. You learn a lot of theory in education but I wanted to be sure this was what I wanted to do in the future."
Naamua began a rotational graduate scheme at Tesco in September 2022 and has spent time in back end teams and at an orchestration level, and is currently in a web development team. She continues to work with Next Tech Girls to help inspire and inform the younger generation about different career opportunities in the tech industry.
"I've supported the Next Tech Girls team at a school careers fair, a Q&A session and an online panel discussion while also connecting with current students to share advice and knowledge about career and education opportunities."