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Moving from the law to IT had been an unexpected move
for this future CIO. But she learned - and shares here -
some valuable career lessons that they don't teach you
in computer science classes.

I

fell into technology accidentally.

I had finished university with a degree in law
but found myself disillusioned with the idea of
becoming a lawyer. I'd been drawn to law by
courtroom dramas like Rumpole of the Bailey.
But in the end, I didn't see nearly as much room
for creativity in it as I had imagined. While
I decided what to do next, I took a job as a
temporary worker at British Gas.
On one of my first temp assignments, I was
sent to work on an IT project and it didn't go
particularly well. After we had implemented it,
I fielded a lot of queries from people saying,
why isn't this working? Why isn't that working?
Having worked closely with the development

team I had learned some basic coding, and I
was able to go into the database and run simple
queries to answer the questions.
I suppose my career grew from there,
really. I became a business analyst, then a

I ALWAYS TRIED TO TRAIN
SOMEONE WHO COULD TAKE MY
PLACE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
IT MAY SEEM COUNTERINTUITIVE,
BUT IF YOU'RE SEEN AS
IRREPLACEABLE IN YOUR ROLE,
YOU WON'T BE CONSIDERED FOR
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.

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