Hi I’m Rhi, and despite being several years into my career, I have absolutely no idea what I want to be “when I grow up”.
Why? Well, mainly because I’ve never seen myself described in a job ad… ever. I’m a musician, designer, digital native, business owner, PR coordinator, avid volunteer, financial data analyst, mentor, doting cat parent and woman in tech – a bit of a unicorn in today’s workforce. Luckily for me, many of the future’s most important jobs don’t exist yet, so I’m focusing on the things that make me happy – learning, creating, and giving back to my community.
Although I stumbled upon my tech career almost accidentally, I’ve been a STEM girl since the very beginning, taking extension science classes throughout my schooling. If I were to try and pinpoint where my interest in tech really took off, I guess I’d look to my days on MySpace and Tumblr. Both social platforms were crucial to my social development but didn’t offer me much in the way of creative freedom. So before too long I equipped myself with some HTML and CSS skills just so that I could show off fully-customised themes on my profiles.
From there, I found myself working in tech sales and support for major telecommunications companies, and then running a freelance web development & content creation operation before moving into application support with a major medical software developer. Through my work with this company, I began volunteering with the Tech Girls Movement in their Tech Girls are Superheroes competition, before applying to attend the inaugural Young Women Leaders in AI camp in 2018. Look, it may sound cliché and I certainly wasn’t expecting it, but this camp changed my life.
Before the camp, I was burned out, lacking confidence and not so sure about my place in the world. Thanks to a weekend of energetic speakers, supportive facilitators, and likeminded individuals, I left the camp filled with confidence and motivated to go forth and make a difference for other young “career unicorns” just like me. I returned in 2019 as a mentor, and after another successful camp, joined the ranks at Women in AI as a very proud PR Coordinator.
One day I’ll figure out what I want to be when I grow up… Maybe. Until then, you’ll find me overly excited to drive change in the industry, and help a generation of young women realise their individual career dreams.