Posted by Adrian Walker on December 31, 2016 at 9:00 PM
My name is Adrian Walker and I’ve been a Network Control Center Engineer with the National Academy of Sciences for 3 years, prior to that I was a Personal Computer Analyst for 6 years. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Network Information Systems and I’m CompTIA A+ (which is hardware) certified. I also teach low level coding courses for kids at the Prince George’s County Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex…don’t worry it’s a really long name for recreation center. I also run a technology blog, ChicDivaGeek.com
As a kid I went through many a career choice but all connected to science in some way, studying meteorology, then I had phase where I wanted to be a doctor (this was very brief, I don’t like blood). When I got to high school it took me a while to find my niche as far as what I wanted to do as technology outside of learning how to type and maybe a few television production classes weren’t really presented as options. That is why now as a young woman, I want to make sure girls, especially young girls of color, know that this is a legitimate career field. That there are so many options available to them. You don’t have to be in an incubator or wear a pocket protector, glasses, and the computer be your only friend for this to be a path for you. I feel like if it’s at least introduced as an option, something as simple as a work shop it can make a huge change in the female presence in IT.
I’m very excited to partner with Preemadonna and be a hacker challenge winner, as I introduce the maker kits to young girls in 2017! I was so intrigued when I saw the Nailbot (I featured it on my blog www.chicdivageek.com) I thought this is so cool as I am terrible with my own nails but in that it’s a way to add a feminine touch to technology that for the most part isn’t present and is probably why most girls and women don’t gravitate towards this field. I am also hoping my feedback from working with the maker kits and the girls will help improve the kits as this great program expands! I want girls to know you can apply technology to ANYTHING!
I honestly stumbled into technology as a career, not that it’s overly easy but in that it wasn’t planned and that it captured my attention and holds it to this day! I love that IT is something that is always changing, always something new. I love to learn all the new and exciting things that are behind some of the things we use on a daily basis. I only hope that in me introducing it a little at a time I can empower and expose the next generation to some of the things a career and technology has to offer.
When I’m not being a nerd, and trust me it’s not in a negative way I love it, I am a mother and a fiancée. You can do anything you want in this world and being a girl is by no means a shortcoming!