What is your current job?
I am CEO at the School of Code.
How long have you volunteered for?
I've volunteered for the University since 2013, starting with helping at Birmingham's ThinkTank museum, offering science outreach sessions for children.
In what capacity have you volunteered?
While I was studying I helped start the PhD Careers Day, which linked companies to PhD students in an attempt to help people who were worried about life outside of academia. We had more than 800 attendees at the two events we ran, and it was great to see so many students get jobs and opportunities through it. Since then, I've been involved in lots of different activities, and after finishing my PhD I've been happy to come in and give a talk, run workshops, and help students gain industry relevant skills that will help them in their career.
Why do you volunteer?
I enjoy helping people, and I enjoy supporting people trying to improve themselves or their skills. Since my background is Computer Science, I concentrate my efforts there mostly. There is also a huge amount of money, jobs, and opportunity in technology but that isn't reaching everyone. The reason for programmes like our Homeless Coding Class and the School of Code Bootcamp is to try and help more and different types of people benefit from technology.
What is the best thing about volunteering?
Everybody has had help to get where they are at some point, so it's nice to feel like you can do that for someone else too.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about volunteering?
Start small, try lots of different activities and you'll find what you are good at and enjoy.
Do you have a Twitter account?
@theSchoolofCode and @theMeahCat