Mainframe Systems Programming: Interview with Aileen Wynne

Aileen Wynne is a mainframe systems programmer in AIB. In college she hated the idea of working with computers, but now considers her job to be ‘the best job in the whole universe’!

Many people have never heard of mainframes but they are used by many major companies across the world, including banks, insurance companies and many more. If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in computers, it is worth considering mainframes.

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Interview with Dr Mary Hanley: Science Teacher to Maths Researcher

In this interview, Dr Mary Hanley tells us about her fascinating and varied career, from studying chemistry in the sixties and becoming a science teacher before returning to university to become a mathematician. She gives us an insight into working as a mathematician.

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Interview with Kieran Cooney: Part 2: Mathematical Olympiads and Self-directed learning

Welcome back to part 2 of our interview with Kieran Cooney! We discuss participating in Mathematical Olympiads and self directed learning. If you missed part one be sure to check it out here .

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Interview Series Launch

When I started to take part in Olympiads most thrilling thing for me was to connect with mathematicians in real life. I remember how I followed my leader and deputy leaders around just like how a five-year-old follows their teenage sibling. I asked about all sorts of things, their research subject, their time in college, their love story with maths… I soaked up this information faster than Spongebob.

At that time I was still unsure about what to study in the future, I swayed from studying theoretical physics to theatre stage design in the span of one day. In the end it was these encounters that finally helped me make up my mind, and I think it was one of the most valuable take aways from the Olympiad journey.

We think that many secondary school students are probably facing the same dilemma of choosing their dream course, and we thought it would be great if we could post a series of interviews with people in the STEM field so that people can see their experiences. Hopefully these would prove to be entertaining as well as helpful, and would help students make up their minds about the future.