Female Role Models in ITResultant Interview Blog, “Female Role Models in IT”, drafted by our youngest intern as part of Take Your Daughter to Work Day with Senior Vice President of DataCore Software, Amanda Bedborough.
As part of my Take Your Daughter to Work day’s experience in an IT software company called DataCore, I was lucky enough to interview their Senior Vice President on how she reached the top as a female in the largely male dominated world of IT. Here is my blog interview for the GDST.
Interview with: Amanda Bedborough -Senior Vice President EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Operations, DataCore Software.
Date: Monday 26 November 2018: “Take Your Daughter to Work” Day.
What was your very first job?
Amanda: I worked for Rymans the Stationers in Watford as a shop assistant on Saturdays and late Thursday evenings.
How did you end up being in IT?
Amanda: I stayed in retail when I left Rymans and went from stationery into M&S.
Getting my first job in IT is a much longer story. I was 21 at the time and I walked into the company next door one lunchtime which looked really exciting and asked at the reception if there were any vacancies. I believe everyone gets one lucky break in life and it just happened that the CEO was at the reception desk at that moment. I think he was pretty taken aback that I had just walked in and asked. I’ll always remember what he actually said – “Have you really just walked in here and asked for a job?” I said yes to which he replied. “Well, I have got 10 minutes to spare.” and after that I got the job in IT making outbound calls and then running their call sales teams. That was my big break into IT. It just goes to show that if you ask politely and you are in luck with who you talk to, then you can go a long way!
What is your job title at DataCore?
Amanda: I am the senior Vice President EMEA operations
How long have you been at DataCore and what do you do there every day?
Amanda: I’ve been at DataCore for nearly 4 years. My role everyday involves close contact with our three regional sales leaders based in Munich, Paris and Reading to define strategy of were we want to take the business and to define how we are going to get there.
What’s the best bit about your job?
Amanda: Working with a great team, we have lots of employees across the region in various roles and it’s quite exiting when you make your sales targets!