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Women in Tech: Sally Harding

8th Mar 2023
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It’s March, which means it’s nearly time to celebrate International Women’s Day! And, while we’re proud to champion the brilliant women that work with us all year round, we thought we’d take this chance to shine a spotlight on one of our fantastic team members. 

Women in Tech - Meet Sally Harding, developer. Image of Sally, who has purple hair, smiling at the camera in a sunny field setting
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Sally Harding, BTCSoftware by Bright Developer, step into the limelight! Tell us about your role.  

I’m Sally, a software developer for BTCSoftware, and I absolutely love my job. I’m one of a team of eight, and mostly do backend development.  

We work in an agile framework, which means we work with sprint cycles of two weeks – and really focus on getting as much as we can done within that time frame.  

We’ll start with a daily stand up (although we’re technically sitting down!), which is a short meeting where we update each other on what we’ve accomplished the day before. We’ll see if there are any blockers we can bust, and then crack on.  

Throughout my day, I’m usually doing one of three things: 

  • Developing a task (knee-deep in code) 
  • Reviewing another developer’s work  
  • Doing a merge review – which is like a last minute sanity-check on any code before it gets checked into our tech. 

How did you get into this role? 

My background is technical support, so I’d been in IT for a number of years in various support roles. I’d always been fascinated by how things work and, when I joined BTCSoftware, it seemed like a golden opportunity. I had lots of hands-on experience, so jumped at the chance to take an opening in the development team.

How have things changed in tech since you started out? 

It’s been an absolute rollercoaster! When I think back to 2009, which is when our Self Assessment product launched, everything was desktop. Now, it’s all web – and it’s accelerated at an amazing pace.  

Previously there was a lot of nervousness around using tech, particularly in more traditional industries. Some of that was down to security concerns, which I totally understand. In reality though, everything is tested so rigorously, and most people I speak to now have just embraced web tech – they’ve come to expect it and they see the benefits.  

Obviously, Covid-19 has had a lot to do with that. We’re all sitting working from our bedrooms and living rooms, so tech has had to move with us.

What would you say to aspiring women in tech? 

If you’re thinking about a career in tech, dip your toe in the water! There’s so much stuff out there online and you’ll find some great, practical courses run by places like Udemy and Plural Sight.  

Tech is a great industry to be in. It used to be a fairly male-dominated space, but that’s changing now – and for the better. When I started, it was quite common for me to be the only woman in a room, but now when I attend training courses or work events, it’s much closer to 50/50. Women bring unique skills to tech, so that’s been great to see.  

My advice would be go out and write some code if you haven’t already done that. If you’re passionate about it or think you might be good at it, just get stuck in.  

Any last words of wisdom? 

You can go wherever you’d like with tech – you could be in support, dev, UI designers; it’s just such a big world out there. So don’t be frightened: go out and grab it and enjoy!  

If you want to find out more about Bright, we’d love to hear from you.