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IT & Innovation#IWD2018 #EurostaffExpert Karen Ross, Front-end Web Designer and Developer at Venn Digital: How we #PressForProgress

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"INTERNATIONAL Women's Day is a day of recognition and celebration of women globally". Eurostaff celebrate the women working in the business who are pushing boundaries across the fields of technology, science, design and innovation all over with the globe with our specialists of whom are helping to place professionals into suitable roles and careers. 

It’s an inclusive day where everyone, whether male or female is involved and collectively we work together to make a difference. The day marks full time mums, those juggling both work and being a mother, women pushing the boundaries to decrease the pay gap and have equality between sexes in job roles where there is still a considerable difference.

Keep an eye out over the next week for our series of 'EurostaffersReveal: How They #PressForProgress' articles, highlighting the achievements and success of these powerful women making a positive impact daily!

Our #EurostaffExpert Karen Ross, who is a Front-end Web Designer and Developer at Venn Digital reveals her thoughts about International Women's Day!

Tell us about your career journey, where did it begin and how have you ended up in your role at Eurostaff? What does your role now involve day to day?

My career began at college where i did a design course, the college had just bought an Apple Mac - an LC1 which if you know about Apple Mac’s it was the first one built.

I felt I was lucky to have stumbled upon this on what I now know was a new age and a career that would be so challenging but equally rewarding. I was very intrigued and had a thirst for knowledge this propelled me into various roles in 'Desktop Art' working to design packaging for large companies over the world. I dabbled in using different software, with a means to find my passion and inspiration.

In 2001 I went to an advertising company in the city and quickly traversed to the advertising and marketing industry using design but I had done this for so long I needed a new challenge. Through the inspiration of what was out there I decided I wanted to design and build websites and digital media. I pushed myself ALOT, I found myself working weekends and evenings to be the best I could be. We were pushed in the company and deadlines loomed, so a good performance and quick thinking mattered. In the last stage of my time within the company things slowed down and the recession hit, the work became tedious and I knew I needed to move onto the next fresh beginning.

I worked out of hours on my own work and did a lot of freelancing for various people and companies. It was one of the most exciting and rewarding things I did for myself, but it was exhausting - it nearly killed me. I then decided I wanted to do this role but as part of a team, a team of front end developer’s, designers and developers working together. I held onto that dream for some time whilst I worked away on my laptop. I sent my CV out to various recruiters and heard nothing. I will be honest, I was about to give up until one day I looked at my own website and I remember thinking 'This work is great!' and I had invested too much effort, time and energy to throw it all away.

Two days later, four and a half years ago a recruiter called me out of the blue. He was looking for a Designer/Front-end Developer and thought I would fit the bill and this is where Venn come into the picture! The company had everything I wanted and worked for: extra training was brought in with Treehouse and now I can learn new things. There are so many possibilities and potential.

I’m still happy working at Venn to this day, it has a great team and the work is always different. I think it’s good to stay open to different work because when you pigeon hole yourself you can become bored. Variety is the spice of life.

Can you tell me about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

I love anything to do with Elizabeth 1st. She made history, she restored stability and defined her reign as the ‘Golden Age’ so effectively and she did it all on her own. She was married to the ‘job’ and declared her kingdom and people as “all my husbands, my good people”. Was she feared or respected or both? Nevertheless, she held female power in a man’s world. She is an icon to all women. To quote her “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.”

International Women’s Day was first marked in 1911 – over 100 years ago. Why do you think the day is still relevant and so important?

I feel this day is still relevant and so important because even though the world is a much more civilised and equal place than 1910 there are still acts committed on a horrific scale to do with the abuse of women all over the world. There are also some topics that need to be addressed and evolve into an equal balance for instance ‘close the pay gap’; driving forward with a focus on strong, positive change is paramount. We need to educate the collective to understand and share responsibility. This day is important for those women who suffer in silence, we need to reach out to them - there is strength in numbers!

This year the focus is on ‘How will you Press for Progress’ – how will you and your work team?

Together with awareness.

Any tips for those just leaving university looking to work in tech for their future career?

Yes. If you love what you do, keep going; whether it be with a client or getting a job or just trying to get somewhere. Find inspiration on the bad days - it is out there somewhere. Learn what you can and use your intuition for the rest! Oh and don’t stress so much ;)

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