10 Dec 2018
Sofy just won Future CIO at the Women in IT Excellence awards. We caught up with her for some insights into why won the award and how she got to where she is.
Who are you?
I’m Sofy and I’ve been with EE/BT for just over 4 years, starting in Technology and moving across into Digital 2.5 years ago. Outside work, I enjoying throwing myself into lakes (including once in sub-zero conditions) and spending time with my friends, family, and giant cats. I’m also preparing to move house in Jan/Feb and get married in March so I’m a pretty busy bee at the moment.
What do you do and where in BT you work?
I’m the Business Manager for Consumer Digital, reporting into Ash Roots. Effectively, I’m a problem solver. I work directly with Ash and the Digital Enablement Team to help juggle all the plates, remove impediments, and ensure we continue to focus on the most strategic tasks with the biggest impact.
What was your award win for?
The award was Future CIO at the Women in IT Excellence awards. The award was for the technology professional who most impressed the judges with her potential, and suitability to develop into the highest echelons of IT and business leadership.
How BT has supported you to have the career you hoped for?
There a two key areas that stand out for me. Firstly there’s the support of my incredible colleagues who’ve both supported me and pushed me, and given me the opportunity to learn and try new things. Secondly there’s the flexibility I have to manage my time in a way that enables me to deliver effectively.
What’s the one thing that’s surprised you the most about BT?
The diversity of culture in the different parts of the organisation and with it, the consistent drive to improve and transform.
What advice would you offer women thinking of moving into a tech career?
Don’t restrict yourself to jobs where you can already do 100% of the role, look for one where you can do 60-80%. How you do something and the values that you/the business have are as important as technical skills. Career paths rarely follow a straight line – it’s really important to take what you’ve learnt in one context and be able to apply and adapt it to another.
What’s been your best moment at BT?
It’s really hard to pick one moment but it’d have to be winning this award! To be not only nominated but then to win feels like an amazing achievement and an acknowledgement of the hard work, determination, and dedication I’ve put into my career to-date.