Women in tech are badass, in more ways than one. But did you know that they face some of the most extreme gender bias of all industries? It’s true.
But we don’t want these facts to keep you from thriving through innovation, science, and creativity. So we’re sharing 3 tips to help you navigate the tech industry… as a woman.
1) have a voice
Many women hold important roles in the tech industry. However, not all of them feel empowered to speak up for themselves or women as a whole. From apps created for women, by men. Or, even just giving an honest critique when the design aesthetic for a program is not appealing or user-friendly.
It’s okay to tell your colleagues when something isn’t adequate for women or women of color.
Don’t be afraid to find your voice and don’t wait for someone else to give you permission to speak up for your views, ideas, and opinions. The next time you find yourself shrinking into your seat during a brainstorming session or presentation, think about what the guy across the table would do if he had as many great ideas as you do and speak up!
3) know your stuff
The key to success in any business is understanding your product and how it is a resource for your customers. In order to do that in tech, you’ve got to know your stuff. Whether it’s understanding the difference between user experience and user experience (go here for more info – https://www.intellectsoft.net/blog/the-difference-between-ui-and-ux-design), or understanding our intuitive programming works, your education is key.
Learn as much as you can about data science, coding, and artificial intelligence. Study and gain a strong understanding of how the tech world works. Then, find your niche and become a subject-matter expert. Don’t settle for entry-level anything… create unlimited opportunities and success for yourself.
Just because you know that you’re good at what you do… doesn’t mean everyone else knows it.
You may already know that networking and strong communications are two of the most sought-after skills, by recruiters, in tech. But did you know that self-promotion holds a strong third place?
It’s often the small discoveries that become life-changing innovations!
If you want to succeed, you’re going to have to get really good at selling yourself.
Don’t be afraid to showcase your skills and abilities, or tell others about your accomplishments – no matter how small. Treat interviews like presentations and presentations like awards ceremonies. Always show up and show out… after all you’re leading the way in innovation – it’s time to let the world know.