Gomathi Shivakumar
Gomathi Shivakumar
Junior Software Engineer
DVLA

Gomathi completed a master’s degree in Computing in 1997, whilst raising a family. Ten years later, she ventured out to work in academia, with the North East Scotland College, as an IT instructor and later a Learning Technologist. Though Gomathi had often thought about reverting to a career in programming, rapid developments in the field were an intimidating factor until an opportunity presented as a career at the DVLA that included completing a MSc in Software Engineering. Getting back into education as a student after 25 years was hard but enriching. As part of the course, she developed a proof of concept Progressive Web App for the DVLA vehicle enquiries services and was awarded the best research project for the year by the University of Wales Trinity St. Davids. Gomathi continues to work with the DVLA developing web services, aiming to provide the best digital services to over 40 million customers.