Molly Pace

Developer

Molly Pace

It took neuroscience to make me realise technology was the right career for me.

Before university, I had never really considered a career in tech but during my neuroscience degree, it enabled me to process huge volumes of data in very short periods of time. More importantly, my appreciation for how technology grew as it opened up the possibility of testing and experimentation without the use of live subjects.

Then, during my time on my computational neuroscience master's, I realised my interest had shifted away from neuroscience towards the power of technology, which led me to consider a job in software. Although not obviously linked, there are parallels between the fields. For example, both require an ability to look under the hood to understand the causes of physical changes. In neuroscience, we studied the chemical changes within the brain that result in certain behaviours, and in software development, we need to understand the changes in code that will trigger the desired effect in our applications. Ultimately, they are both about problem-solving and feed off a desire for understanding how things work.

Because of my newfound passion for technology, I set out to find the right company for my approach and skill sets. Scott Logic stood out because it showed a genuine interest in having different perspectives within the company as well as offering a commitment to helping its staff develop their careers.

More recently, that latter benefit presented itself in a new and exciting way. Having joined Scott Logic in 2019 as a graduate software developer building skills in both back- and front-end development, I’m now on secondment in the Business Development team for a year.

So far, this secondment has provided me with an invaluable insight into the business as a whole, and a chance to hone my professional communication skills whilst interacting with clients directly. Having been in the role for a couple of months, it has already presented me with so many exciting challenges and conversations with exceptional individuals within the technology sector.

Day-to-day, my time has been spent going through sales training but also researching prospects and talking to potential clients, all while being fully supported by the Business Development team. In any downtime, I’m keeping up to date with dev work so as to ensure I don’t lose my development skills .

As for the future, I hope to take my new skills and understanding of the Scott Logic business model and back to my development role. Away from my own personal development, I also want to continue promoting gender diversity in the sector. I am passionate about seeing more women excel in technology businesses and inspire younger generations not to discount careers in technology. I know it’s an issue that is also very important to Scott Logic and I hope, together, we can help keep pushing inclusivity at every level within the industry.

If you’d like to know more about development roles at Scott Logic, we’d be happy to chat.

Drop an email to applications@scottlogic.com