Jessica Thorne

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2018 achieving a First Class Honours in Business Management with a Year in Industry.

For my undergraduate placement I worked as a digital specialist at General Motors for the myOpel service across multiple platforms. I had personal accountability to improve the customer experience, working closely with senior stakeholders, across many different cultures and countries. Throughout my education, my efforts and attitude have been formally recognised and awarded with prizes for my contribution to school life. Having grown up playing netball, tennis, lacrosse and dance, I have always thrived in a competitive environment. This has channelled my ambition and drive to exceed in all aspects of life. In my final year of university, I received the Accenture Award for Business, achieving the highest mark in a strategic management course. Whilst at university, I was selected by Capgemini to lead a student project team to identify new marketing opportunities for local charities. I have always had a passion to give back to the community. In 2015, I went to Tanzania to volunteer, teaching maths and English to orphaned children. In 2019, I joined IBM on their graduate scheme. I did not have a technical background, however, I rose to the challenge and immediately immersed myself in becoming a technical consultant; upskilling myself and learning to use various technologies, consequently becoming a subject matter expert in cognitive applications. I am now a cognitive consultant, specialising in delivering AI solutions for various different clients within IBM. I am currently working with a UK Top 10 bank to deliver a new asynchronous AI messaging platform for their customers.