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Hi, I'm Pauline.

People also call me Powerhouseopens in new window .
To summarise, I am a...

πŸ’» Enthusiastic Techie

I began learning to code for fun when I was 8 years old. I formed a hobby of building websites opens in new window which carries on to this day - continuing to bring my ideas to life by playing around with pixels on the internet. Taking my love for technology and learning further, I took to the Clouds and became AWS Certified as a Cloud Practitioner opens in new window (November 2019) and Solutions Architect Associate opens in new window (December 2020)

I've been working in tech for over 3 years with my first role was part of a graduate scheme. I had the opportunity to do four 6 month rotations across the different delivery teams within BT Consumer Digital Engineering. Read about the start of my Graduate Development opens in new window You can also find detailed reflections of my time on the BT scheme on my blog opens in new window.

BT projects & features

After the scheme, I became a Site Reliability Engineer where I contributed to building Digital Engineering's platform of the future as well as helped drive the newly formed SRE Team. opens in new window

I was ready for my next challenge opens in new window and joined Sky Betting & Gaming as a DevOps Engineer.

Technologies that I'm familiar with

  • HTML
  • CSS/SCSS
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • React
  • Tailwind
  • Nextjs
  • Python
  • git
  • Wordpress
  • AWS
  • Lambda
  • Terraform
  • Packer
  • Linux
  • Kubernetes
  • Chef
  • Docker

Recent projects

Technical Content ✐

🍭 Senior Community Engineer

I’m part of the Developer & Community Success team over at Gitpod, currently leading community engagement and development. Read more about my journey joining Gitpod here. opens in new window

Gitpod opens in new window is an open source platform for automated and ready-to-code development environments, enabling developers to describe their dev environment as code and start instant and fresh development environments for each new task directly from a browser.

πŸ›  Community Builder & Diversity Advocate

Community is everything. I've been involved in several different communities over the years with the goal of connecting with others and creating a better environment for engineers. With diversity and inclusion at the core of my community work, I have actively worked with groups to help bridge the inequalities in the tech industry, focusing speficially on females and people of colour representation.

Women in Tech - Code First: Girls & Diversity work
For over 5 years, I've proudly worked with Code First: Girls opens in new window to deliver coding community courses for young women. I have also been involved in the furtHER program opens in new window and Code First: Girls Fellowship program opens in new window as a mentor to upskill young women into joining the industry. Currently, I'm one of the CFG Brand Ambassadors.

In addition, I was part of the Gender Equality Network (GEN) at BT where I regularly push initiatives at our Leeds base.

Building communities - student groups
I pioneered the first Women in Tech student community opens in new window at the University of Sheffield. Also, as part of the MedTech Sheffield opens in new window committee, I led in bringing students from different backgrounds together to events, workshops and hackathons.

AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) - Community Builders Program
I became a AWS Community Builder in 2021. As part of the programme, I'll be sharing my knowledge through content on my blog and YouTube Channel, helping others in their own journey getting into AWS.

Ladies in DevOps
I founded the Ladies in DevOps opens in new window community in April 2021. It's a community geared for women in the DevOps/SRE/Cloud/Infra space. It’s a safe space for them to connect and network with others and bring about visibility of the exciting roles in the industry.

Projects

Key Contributions

  • March 2016: Introducing CFG students to the hackathon opens in new window scene and the wider Women in Tech community.
  • Feb 2017: Collaboration with HackSheffield opens in new window to take over 20 CFG students opens in new window to the InspireWIT conference.
  • April 2018: Efforts in organising #HackMed18 saw an increase in attendance of women (47%) and students from different backgrounds including Humanities, Finance and Arts.
  • March 2019: For International Women's Day, I organised an event at the BT office in Leeds with local Yorkshire speakers in the tech community which was shared and highlighted by BT Consumer's CEO, Marc Allera. opens in new window
  • April 2021: On launch day of Ladies in DevOps, we had 150 community members join organically through social media platforms. We now have a growing community of over 500+ members and some exciting partnerships and sponsorships to help women advance in their careers!

πŸ“ Creator

13 years ago, I started writing on the web opens in new window.

My blog opens in new window has evolved over time, I now write about reflections of my experiences for both my self development journey as well as daily adventures in life.

Examples of the topics I cover include monthly reflections opens in new window, equality in STEM opens in new window, well-being opens in new window, and building your online presence. opens in new window I regularly collaborate with different brands, people and companies. opens in new window A full list of topics can be found here. opens in new window

I also post videos on YouTube opens in new window , create podcasts opens in new window, and have worked with different people on communicating messages across to my global auidence. For example, I built Inspiring Figures opens in new window to share inspirational figures' stories from around the world.

Creating content has developed my skills and knowledge in:

  • Communication
  • Production
  • Influencing
  • Google Analytics
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Video Editing
  • Social media
  • SEO
  • Podcast creation
  • Blogging

Projects

Key Achievements

  • Improved engagement from building a strong online presence
  • Over 1,000+ podcast downloads on my podcast,"a podcast by Pawlean" opens in new window
  • Being a positive brand ambassador for sponsored content with successful referrals
  • Advocating the power of blogging and social media on the radio, conferences and events, inspiring others to create
  • Overwhelming support on social media - as shown on BuyMeACoffee opens in new window

🎀 International Speaker

I started public speaking at events in 2017, my goal with every talk that I do is to inspire and educate.

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⚑️ Let's collaborate!

I'm always looking to expand my network and connect with like-minded people. Get in touch!

Want to collaborate? Let's connect! opens in new window

Interested in working together? Here's a copy of my CV! opens in new window