What attracted you to IT? I love efficiency and anything that can allow me to do a job quicker and save time. The world we live in today is much faster paced due to the technology we can access. From ordering food to travel, every day seems to get more improved and efficient with the use of tech – I’m all for that.
Do you think the culture is changing and is it becoming more ‘female friendly’? Historically, tech was not so prevalent in everyday life, so I feel now more women and girls will naturally be drawn to the industry. Previously, it was positioned as more male orientated but times have changed and so have working conditions, with flexibility for men and women. However, it would be great to see more women in leadership roles and to push through the “imposter syndrome”.
How do we attract more women to the industry? There are many roles to suit all personalities. We need to ensure that the variety of roles available, are fed into our schools, colleges and universities. When tech companies are recruiting, its important to outline the skills required for the job and the expectations of each particular role. That way anyone, not just a woman, will understand what the role looks like and won’t be deterred.
Do you need to be technically proficient? No. I’m not hugely technical myself and I work for a large tech company. In my role it is more about drilling into the customer challenge and the outcome they want to achieve. Then working with subject matter experts to achieve that. If you are not interested in the nuts and bolts, there are always other routes.