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Growing up as a teenager in the nineties, my friends and I spent a lot of our time building our own PCs, setting them up in networks to play together as a group. Not sure what to do with my life after finishing school, turning my interest in computers into a career felt like a reasonable place to begin my explorations. However, I didn’t know any women/girls who had taken up a career (or even shown interest) in tech, and even more than today, the myth at the time went that to become a software engineer, you had to be all but a genius, and be really into maths—which I certainly didn’t think described me. Initial forays into coding (generally as the only girl present), further convinced me of my ill fit for the career and so I chose something more ‘traditional’, getting a degree in psychology while working in media regulation.
After finishing university, I continued my career in media regulation and media education. When I reached a point at which I felt my career was no longer allowing me the personal growth I was looking for, I decided to find a new challenge, leaving my old life in Germany behind to come to London and make a new
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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.
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