Eloise Tait is a Software Engineer who is currently working at Ministry of Justice. Although she has only been working in the tech industry for under six months, she has managed to make a great impact in that time, especially across the D&I piece.

Not only is she an ambassador at GirlsCode but has also founded a women in tech initiative at MOJ.

You can connect with Eloise on LinkedIn. 

What’s the story of your career so far?

It was a culmination of multiple careers. After studying Chinese at university I found an affinity for languages! I spent years playing hockey abroad, working out what I wanted to do, and where. On moving back to the UK, a year in technical recruitment really opened my eyes to the world of development. Coding seemed like an incredible challenge and chance to integrate my talent for language. I ran full steam ahead onto a bootcamp at Le Wagon, and was hired by the MOJ off the back of that – a whirlwind first lockdown.

What do you love most about what you do?

The variety, and the mental stimulation. Mostly every day I work on a different part of our service or using my learning budget to develop a new skill. The guarantee every day to be learning something new about the programming language is rewarding, and the possibilities of what you can learn is tech is a wonderful bottomless pit.

What’s the most important lesson you learned in 2020 amidst all the Covid-19 disruption?

To prioritise my needs consistently. Getting good at goal setting was a huge factor in doing this effectively. I can’t recommend enough the process of breaking down goals into smaller steps with specific tasks, for feeling productive and not overwhelmed. Don’t obsess over tasks though, be open to changing them where needed.

As far as you can predict, what’s on the cards this year for you and your business?

I find joy in the unknown and is something more should embrace as we live through a time when it’s genuinely impossible to make short term plans. We have to take 2021 with a little more compassion, and use it as a great opportunity to be mindful and grateful. Personally, my side business in freelance web design and development is growing, as many people grow their online presence. No doubt this will continue!

If you could go back and do it all over again, would you choose a different career path and why?

I am where I’m meant to be – I’m really enjoying exploring the tech industry right now. Things that I could have done better in were just lessons learned. There is nothing to say that one day I could be heading down a different career path, but I try not to live in the past or future because where I am right now is pretty great!

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