Welcome to our Spotlight Series!
This is a new feature focusing on inspirational women that have achieved professional success in their industries. Each woman will have a featured blog post here at S&L and are available to engage with followers via Twitter. We’re grateful for the dedication that these women have towards supporting women like them and look forward to sharing what we’ve learnt with all of you!
Today, we are pleased to put the Spotlight on Carrie Anne Philbin, founder of Geek Gurl Diaries.
Carrie Anne Philbin is making it cool for girls to be geeky with Geek Gurl Diaries. As a full-time teacher of ICT in Dagenham, and one of 50 Google certified teachers in the UK, she saw a startling decline in teenage girls taking computers and tech at the GCSE level, A-levels or higher education.
Carrie Anne began to think about ways she could get more girls into tech. “I knew that I wanted to develop a network of individuals who could through their own experiences inspire a generation to take up more traditionally geeky subjects,” says Carrie Anne. Geek Gurl Diaries aims to do just that through YouTube videos about using tech and interviews with women in the fields of computing, science, technology and engineering.
“I knew that I wanted to develop a network of individuals who could through their own experiences inspire a generation to take up more traditionally geeky subjects.”
Carrie Anne’s advice to young women is to be more confident in who you are and what skills you have. “One of the best ways to succeed in any role is to be organised,” says Carrie Anne. “I’ve always tried to organise my time and workload effectively. I think this underrated skill has enabled me to progress through my teaching career quicker than expected.”
Rapid Fire Q&A with Carrie Anne
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? How is it similar or different from where you are now?
A: I wanted to be a successful artist when I grew up, which is not quite what I do day in, day out, but my creative skills are a large part of what I enjoy about teaching. I love to find creative ways to inspire young people into tech.
Q: What do you like about the industry you’re working in?
A: The education industry is always changing. Every year there is a new intake of students, a new timetable, new challenges and sometimes new content. Currently ICT Teaching is changing quite dramatically, so it’s an even more exciting time to be a teacher, with new opportunities to help students become creators of technology rather than just consumers of technology.
Q: What or who is your motivation?
A: My students, from a working class area of London are my constant motivation to produce great content to motivate them to change their futures and hopefully change the world.
Q: How would you define success?
A: Success is not a destination, but a continuous journey, up mountains avoiding obsticles, knowing where you are headed.
Q: What is your favourite quote?
A: “Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop to look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
You can find out more about Carrie Anne and Geek Gurl Diaries at the official website here. Don’t forget to like them on their official Facebook and follow them on their official Twitter account @GeekGurlDiaries. You can also follow Carrie Anne at her personal account @MissPhilbin.
Also, Carrie Anne is up for a Talk Talk Digital Heroes Award in the London region! If you’re inspired by her cause, make sure you vote for her here!
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