Advancing Women In Skilled Trades

Jessica Lim


Jessica Lim is a first year Biomedical Engineering student interested in Software Engineering and emerging technologies. At first, she was not interested in Technology because she was not exposed to it. Then she discovered the unconventional opportunities in this exciting industry and now is coding.

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Jessica Lim


Biomedical Engineer Student


McMaster University


Technology has a lot of opportunities that go beyond the conventional, and it’s an amazing industry, because it is so easy to take into your own hands and explore


Biomedical Engineering, Software Development

Average Salary:

$50,000 – $85,000

Technical Skills:

Experience working in a Computerized Environment, Coding

Soft Skills:

Strong Analytical Skills, Organizational Skills, Communication Skills, Problem-Solving Skills

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Let’s Know More:

1. I’m not sure what career path options are available to me. Can you help me make a final decision?

I did not know what coding was two years ago. Computer science was just a bunch of 1s and 0s. Technology was the
magic those genius nerd guys used to make smartphones. A career in technology was the last thing I could envision ever doing, as in my mind, it was a boring thing that only genius nerds do. I was never the type of girl who really followed gender norms, but it was hard to gain interest in something that I had no exposure to. My friend last year dragged me to a hackathon. Welcome to the world of guys hunched over their laptops, talking smart words that seem like a whole new language. It was terrifying feeling clueless while being the only girl in a room because I felt like I was reinforcing the idea that girls cannot be in the tech industry. But technology is just one of those things where everyone starts at square one, we all start clueless. All it takes is some logical thinking skills and a will to learn, and you can get good at it.

2. What are you most proud of?

I never took a Computer Science course in my life, and yet I made my school’s competitive programming team. I may
be the only girl in a room of smart guys, but sometimes you need to put aside gender, and take your opportunities.

3. What is your motto, if you have one?

Don’t tell yourself the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.

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