Computing student inspires girls to get into Tech

April 28, 2022 - Jane Moore

Today is International Girls in ICT Day 2022. We spoke to Nina Nichols, former Ayrshire College computing student about her journey in ICT and how she now supports, encourages and inspires young people to reach their full potential and pursue careers in tech.

I’ve always loved learning, and after working in several different roles over the years, and having had three children, I decided that the time was right for me to think about my career.

I started college as a mature student on an HNC Computer Networking course, before progressing to HND level and a distance learning degree at university. At first I was really nervous. I literally knew nothing about computing at the time - It was all new to me!

Once I finished the degree, I looked into secondary teacher training and I’m now the Faculty Leader for the Computing, Business and Admin department at Auchenharvie Academy. We actually work closely with Ayrshire College and run a Cyber Security school-college course in conjunction with the College.

If someone was to tell me that ten years down the line I’d be running a secondary school department and teaching computing, I wouldn’t have believed them.

When I chose to go to college, I knew I needed more relevant skills, and starting the course really helped to build my confidence. The lecturers were fantastic, and the department were always encouraging and very supportive.

I’d recommend it regardless of your age. I didn’t feel out of place as a mature student. Quite the opposite! I always felt very welcome. It was the best thing I did, and I can’t believe how much I’ve progressed in my career in a relatively short space of time.

I loved college life. It’s a fantastic place to start.

We have lots of Computing and Gaming courses to choose from at Ayrshire College. Apply now and start in August.

#GirlsInICT #NeverTooLateToLearn

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