To celebrate International Women’s Day, throughout March we are putting a spotlight on the brilliant women of Intuita, finding out more about their roles within the business and how they got to where they are today.
In this blog we hear from Amelia Callow, a Senior Data Consultant, about her day-to-day responsibilities, her role on the Charity Committee and her opinion on the importance of finding a company which will support and encourage you to succeed.
Tell us about your role at Intuita:
I’m a Senior Data Consultant at Intuita and I have a range of responsibilities across 3 clients in multiple industries. My main responsibilities are data governance, stakeholder management and project management as a scrum master. Day to day I lead a team and provide messaging to stakeholders on progress, priorities and risks, and translate data flows, technical data designs and data examples for non-technical stakeholders. I also educate and provide best practice on data governance and data culture. Plus, I’m part of the charity committee, helping to plan Intuita team fundraising events.
How did you get to where you are today?
My parents both work in IT so it was a career that I was aware of growing up, it meant that I had 2 great role models who have supported me in my career. However it was my own choice to study A level computing at college, I was 1 of only 2 girls in the year who studied computing, which was daunting but it was my best subject and the modules we did on databases and SQL just seemed to click. It was my computing teacher at college who suggested the sponsored degree scheme which I went on to do after college.
Over the 3 years of the sponsored degree scheme, I spent 1 day a week studying at university and 4 days a week working on real projects with clients in a big IT consultancy. Originally designed to train the project managers of the future, we had the chance to make our own contacts in the organisation, and from there shape our future careers. So I did just that and moved to the Data and Analytics team for 4 years, before moving to a smaller data consultancy and then to Intuita.
What is the best thing about your job?
There is always something new to learn and you are given opportunities to explore new areas – I haven’t decided on a specialism yet and I’m encouraged to keep trying to new things to find what I’m good at or enjoy the most! I also work with amazing people who are really good at what they do, so there’s always help when needed and a chance to learn from the experience of others.
Latest research shows that just 28% of Data & Analytics professionals are women – what advice would you give to any women considering a career in the field?
Don’t let the stereotypes put you off starting a career in data. I’ve had the privilege to work with so many encouraging, supportive colleagues throughout my career, both men and women. There will always be challenges, but that is true in any career, so make sure you find a company where you are surrounded by great people who want to see you succeed.