Jean Jimbo is a Software Engineer at the BBC, working to create and innovate around technologies that deliver audio and video content over IP. She’s interested in how and why we build the technology we build and the people it affects.
Why did you get into STEM?
I always enjoyed the sciences when I was in school. Explaining and understanding our world was always exciting to me.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Learning how to deal with difficult people and people who are very different from myself – it required a great deal of patience, listening and empathising. While this is a “soft skill” it has made it possible for me to work collaboratively with others and to use differences to my advantage, especially since I am a minority in my workplace.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
The famous impostor syndrome: I managed to buy into the idea that I didn’t earn my place fairly. To overcome this, it’s important to be honest and compassionate with yourself, but also ensure that you’re producing quality work. Taking time to celebrate how far you’ve come and what you’ve overcome is very helpful.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
Stay true to yourself and never undervalue yourself.