Science and Technology

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As one of the fastest growing and evolving sectors, it’s little wonder that a career in science and technology appeals to so many people at the start of their careers.There are a wide range of opportunities across digital and data technologies, space and satellite technologies, life sciences, and biosciences.

Organisations within the sector are becoming increasingly diverse and inclusive, ensuring their workforces reflect the societies they serve. A small number of firms are leading the way on LGBT inclusion, both in the UK and globally, and there are signs that many more will follow.

Many of the organisations that work with us are also members of external LGBT networks, including Proud Science Alliance, InterTech and Pride in STEM – who recently celebrated the first LGBT in STEM Day to raise awareness and increase diversity and inclusion within STEM.

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In Focus

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Cody Coats, Principal UI Engineer, Anaplan

How did you come to work in the technology sector?

I’ve always enjoyed technology but had never considered a job in the sector until I took an “introduction to programming” course at university. I quickly fell in love with software engineering and started to make personal projects and apps in my spare time. After graduating, I found a role building enterprise web applications. Now I’m at Anaplan, I build user interfaces for our platform, and collaborate with product management, designers and other engineers to build new features for our Connected Planning platform.

What’s it like being LGBT at Anaplan?

Anaplan has five core values – open, inclusive, authentic, collaborative and creative – which drive an amazing culture. I know that I can be my authentic self at work, open about who I am, and that the company is inclusive of diverse people. Anaplan allows me to be myself so I’m always comfortable at work. It makes such a difference to your working environment when you can do your job without feeling like there’s a weight on your shoulders because of who you are.

What advice would you give to an LGBT person thinking about a career in the technology sector?

Find a place where it’s fun to work and you’re able to be yourself. In technology there are so many specialities that there’s always something new to learn! It’s fast paced, exciting and rewarding.

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Karen Chang, Senior Director of Engineering, North America, Anaplan

What’s the best thing about working at Anaplan?

I really like the people I work with and my team. I feel like we have a shared purpose and really live our values of inclusion, collaboration, creativity, openness and authenticity. Naturally being a techie, I also find the product intriguing and technically challenging. I feel supported by my leadership and, to be honest, being LGBT isn’t something I think much about on a daily basis. Just like I’m female and Asian (and Canadian) – it’s just another facet of my identity and not a big deal.

At work, how do you think being LGBT relates to other parts of your identity?

I think being LGBT, being a woman and being a person of colour are all intertwined. Having these identities gives me greater sensitivity to the subtle ways being a minority in the room effects the dynamic of a group. My assumption is most people come from a place of good will, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t unconscious bias or behaviours which make it unsafe for people to bring their whole selves. Our customers are all these identities and more – it’s in our self-interest to make sure there’s a space for all types of people here so we have diversity of thought, which I believe leads to better product design and outcomes.

What advice would you give to an LGBT person thinking about a career in the technology sector?

Technology is a great place to be. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world – Bangalore, London, Tokyo, New York. I’ve met some genuinely amazing, forward-thinking people. I think engineering is too often thought of as the domain of the mathematician or logician – and that person is typically male. It can be an intimidating field with seemingly high barriers to entry. I would like to reimagine it as the space where creative people learn the tools to solve hard problems.