- What does a "normal" day look like for me at The Australian Puzzle Company?.
2. Some of the frustrations I encounter?.
My most common frustrations are.
When a file does not download correctly.
When I have a communications error between the computer and the laser machine. Which means I have to use an alternate download path.
If I have forgotten to clean the laser lens, which gives me a bad cut, that is frustration with self.
Thunderstorms, I may be half way through my last or even first cut of the day. When I have to shut down.
3. What are the favorite parts of my job?.
I know this may sound a bit corny, but when I look at what I have made during the day sitting on the bench waiting to be packed. I know that I made all those puzzles, that will hopefully give hours of fun to both children and adults alike.
4. How I feel about women running technical companies in Australia?.
I feel if women have the passion, knowledge and commitment there is no reason why they could not be at the head of a technical based company.
5. What would my advice be to a school graduate who wants to pursue a technical role?.
Take a look back in history and see how many women have invented technical inventions, like
Dr Grace Murray Hopper - a rear admiral in the U.S. navy - who invented COBOL, the first user-friendly business computer software program, the first person to use the term "bug" to describe a glitch in a computer system.
Stephanie Kwolek - who invented the super strong Kevlar fiber.
Elizabeth Magie Phillips - who invented The Landlords Game, or as we all know it, Monopoly ( this one was just for fun)
If that is what interests you then just go for it. I often hear the comment from people " but your a woman" when we tell them that I operate the laser machines. Yes I am a woman, I am competent, intelligent and passionate about what I do. Your gender should not and must not be a barrier to holding you back from pursuing your chosen field.