Tech firm gives ‘Team Talk’ to Queen’s University Belfast Hockey stars

Neueda hosts female leadership event to inspire next generation of talent

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, tech company Neueda hosted a special event for members of Queen’s University Belfast Ladies Hockey Club centred around professional development. Led by female employees, Neueda ‘Team Talk’ aimed to inspire the next generation of talent on how to fulfil their career potential.

Neueda recently sponsored Queen’s Hockey as part of its programme to support local sports and community groups. The Team Talk event invited the female hockey players, each of whom are students at Queen’s, to engage in an open discussion about career opportunities and overcoming challenges faced by graduates today.

[L-R] Lisa Sweeney, Neueda, with Queen’s hockey players Emily McStea and Erin Getty

[L-R] Lisa Sweeney, Neueda, with Queen’s hockey players Emily McStea and Erin Getty

Held at Neueda’s Belfast headquarters, Team Talk gave the players a chance to learn from female leaders from within various aspects of Neueda’s business including HR, Sales, Consultancy, Marketing, Finance and software development.

The Neueda team shared advice and experience from their career journeys to date, offering tips around recruitment and interview skills, CV writing, securing industry experience and tackling career hurdles. They also highlighted the many transferable skills learned through sport that can benefit professional life.

“We are proud to sponsor Queen’s Hockey and were delighted to see so many of the team coming to our first Team Talk session and actively taking part in the conversation,” said Neueda’s Head of People and Culture, Lisa Sweeney.

“Playing sport of any kind, at any level, teaches young people valuable lessons that can directly benefit their working careers. We wanted to reiterate that the team spirit, determination, resolve and commitment that the players display as part of their sport, are building blocks they can use to forge a successful career in any area they choose,” said Lisa Sweeney.

Neueda is also committed to encouraging more females into the IT sector, given the significant gender gap in the industry worldwide.

“We are determined to encourage diversity in our workplace and the IT sector overall. In order to ignite an interest in IT amongst young females in particular, we need to showcase the varied opportunities that IT careers offer. This was demonstrated by our female leaders at the Team Talk event, each of whom have arrived in their roles through different routes and backgrounds.

“We have a rich talent pool on our doorstep and through engaging with people from a young age through initiatives such as Team Talk, we hope to connect with the next generation and help them fulfil their true potential – as employers, that is simply the right thing to do,” said Lisa Sweeney.