Name: Karen Booth
Designation: Consulting Services Director
What do you do every day? At work I manage an awesome team of technology subject matter experts in various fields such as Human Capital Management, Customer Engagement, Governance, Risk and Control, Analytics and Supply Chain. As a team we help companies solve their business challenges by deploying the most appropriate solutions.
How did you get into the tech space? From starting my career in human resources, I decided early on there were more fun and efficient ways to manage human resources than on paper and in files. This got me scratching around in IT which quickly turned into a passion rather than a job. Now I get to combine my passion for people and technology and it’s called work.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? A previous manager who is still one of my mentors today told me once to “Never stop contributing”. In my experience, when you contribute you get back what you give in multiples.
What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? Just do it. Find a gap, take a drop in pay, work for free if you have to. Do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door. When you’re in, work hard, get involved, don’t be scared, show your potential, take initiative and contribute! You can learn any skill, but character and attitude has to come from within.
What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? The smell of good coffee…..More seriously, my very young family, my awesome colleagues and the new and exciting challenges that present themselves every day.
Who do you want to be when you grow up? An organised superhuman!