What is your role and what does it involve?
Before graduating, I had worked in the IT industry for going on 12 years. There's never been a day the same - it's always been varied, and so has my career. You could say I'm a jack-of-all-trades, jumping into whatever role I am needed in at the time. I've worked at small start-ups, billion-dollar corporations overseas, and as a freelancer.
Throughout my degree, I studied part-time and worked full-time, mostly at Mobisoft - a company I founded that specialises in producing creative multi-platform and transmedia projects across mobile, web, games, virtual worlds and social media. I'm interested in global technology trends and advances, and appreciate the importance of implementing solutions that meet commercial objectives. However, now that I've just graduated, I'm looking to potentially shift my career so that I can better use the practical knowledge I gained from completing my Honours thesis.
I've found that many people are interested in my research on Australian women game developers. I recently presented a paper at the Foundations of Digital Games conference in the US. My research also made it into a Sydney Morning Herald article.
What was your Honours thesis about?
My thesis title was 'Female game developers in the Australian digital games industry.'
When I found myself to be the only female in my games development class as a mature age student, you could say, I was more curious than intimidated. I wondered to myself, "Is there a 'type' of woman who is more likely to see it through a career in games development?" That question became the basis of my thesis.
I identified a cross-section of female game developers in Australia and interviewed them at length. In order to locate suitable subjects I also conducted research separate to my thesis so that I could gain a better picture overall of the environment. I ended up conducting a large-scale census of the entire Australian Digital Games industry.
What advice would you give those thinking of studying at UTS: Information Technology?
Don’t put pressure on yourself in the beginning and expect to know what it is you want to do when you finish your degree. Relax. Take note of all the subjects that you do well in, because, more than likely, it will give you an indication of what area within IT you will more likely enjoy doing for years to come.