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International Girls’ in ICT Day, an initiative that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs), will take place on April 25th. As part of this global initiative a number of different event and activities will be taking place that give girls the chance to gain a better understanding of the opportunities that the ICT sector holds for their future.

Hear from females in ICT

In the lead up to this year’s International Girls’ in ICT Day Intel Ireland will be sharing each week, through our newsroom, profiles of females who are working in ICT related roles at our campus in Leixlip, Ireland. This week is the second in the series, profiling Intel employee Bronagh McCoy.

Below is the second profile with Intel Ireland employee Bronagh McCoy.





Bronagh McCoy

Job title: IT Intern
Job Group: Automation Department
Time at Intel: 10 months

Describe your job role:

My role as a DBA (Database Administrator) for the Automation group consists of supporting, maintaining and upgrading the database systems used by Intel Ireland’s fabs (manufacturing facilities). I mainly work with Oracle and SQL server database systems to achieve this.I am also involved in upgrading Database Systems – databases have to be continually upgraded and I have done quite a few in my time at Intel, they have been on different systems and range from all different types, from a few dll file changes to full system builds.I also participate in Shutdowns – shutdowns are periods of four hours were the production work stops in the production facility so that people can apply upgrades to mission critical databases. I have been in a number of shutdowns assisting people with their upgrades. I also work on a number of one off type projects including Database installs, installing new software, configuration changes and audits on the different databases and servers.

Educational history:

I am currently in my 3rd year of studying Computer Science at Queens University Belfast. This is my mandatory work placement year, I’m carrying out my intern placement in Intel for 11 months.

Briefly describe your day:

Every morning our group holds a meeting to assess and review the health check results that run over night on the database systems, looking for any errors. Typical errors would be jobs failing and databases not being backed up properly. We then communicate and assign these issues to the relevant people within the group. I would then work throughout the day to carry out any actions required or issues that have been assigned to me. Every day is different in terms of what you could be doing. I may have a scheduled project, where I need to pre work and attend a number of meetings or I may have a large action to work on e.g. Configuring database instances onto one of our monitoring systems or restoring a database. That’s the beauty of it, every day is different.

What was your biggest challenge in getting to where you are now:

Being able to have the confidence to try something new and to take on challenges. I had never programmed at school before and when I first started it at university, I felt it was a big step up; I doubted myself and wanted to run the other way. But with a little practice, determination and most importantly confidence I’ve learned I’m more than capable to take on challenges and now I enjoy it more than ever.

What’s the coolest thing about working in an ICT company?

I have never worked in a more relaxed, fun and friendly environment amongst so many intelligent people. Every day I’m constantly learning by being put to the challenge and faced with something new.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in ICT?

I am truly fascinated by new and exciting innovations, creating my strong willingness to constantly learn and grow in new ventures. With ICT there are no dead ends, it continues to grow and excite us and I wanted to be a part of that.

What’s the most frustrating part of

your job?

You need to have great time management skills. You will have very busy days were you need to prioritise your tasks and meetings effectively to ensure you carry out each of them on time and to great standard.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be a number of things, graphic designer, architect, product designer, web designer, or a software developer.

Enter our competition

In addition, Intel is giving people the chance to participate in our ‘Girls in ICT’ competition which is running each week from now until April 25th on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To be in with a chance to win an Intel powered RAZRi smartphone, simply follow the Intel Ireland Twitter feed (@Intel_IRL) and answer the question we post on Monday April 22nd, be sure to use the #IRLGirlsinICT hashtag in each answer so that we can track your entry. Or you can enter via Facebook on Monday April 15th by liking the Intel Ireland page and answering (through comment) the question posted as a status update. For full terms and conditions click here.

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