By Laura Boness
Software design and development was Judith’s favourite subject in Years 11 and 12, so she knew she would do a tech degree at uni. After completing a Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University in Sydney, she worked in several areas of law, including publishing and policy.
“I enjoyed the work, but the longer I spent in that industry the more I realised I could make a greater contribution in a technical role,” she says. So she went back to uni to do a Master of Computer Science at RMIT University in Melbourne. “I came to the realisation that tech was where my real passion is.”
After graduating, Judith plans to work in a large company. But ultimately she’d like to work for herself – with her background in computer science and law to give her the edge.
Studying CS is challenging but rewarding. “The satisfaction you feel from solving a programming problem you’ve been staring at for hours is incredible,” she says. “Learning about the sorts of things you can do in computer science is really inspiring and the career options you can pursue are endless.”
She encourages the next generation of geeks to work on projects outside of school or uni – having more than your academic transcript to show employers is useful. Look out for opportunities at school and in your own time – apply to the National Computer Science School, or look at sites like Codecademy, Udacity and Coursera.
“Don’t be afraid to experiment and get things wrong,” she says. “Failure is really valuable as long as you use it to learn and try a different approach the next time.”
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