What challenges did you have to overcome to get your foot on a career path in technology?
It is a reasonably new space, fast-paced and rapidly changing. I feel you do need to go out and look for what you want and what you need to get there. The great thing is a lot of this can be found easily online and self-taught from there. Having peers in the same space is very helpful in terms of understanding scope in the real world.
In your experience, does being a woman in your profession come with extra challenges that you have had to overcome?
This is definitely a male dominated space but I have never felt that that has held me back or that I’ve been denied opportunities because I am a woman.
What’s been the single thing that has helped you with your career in technology?
If you want to know something, Google it.
What changes have you seen in the sector since you started working in technology?
I do see a lot more women in tech! I also see technology as just one branch of most businesses now, rather than exclusively operating as an independent industry/offering. It’s an essential function if you are wanting to stay relevant and operate efficiently.
What would your advice be to any woman wanting to start her career in the technology industry?
Reach out to people in the industry to understand what sort of opportunities exist and sound interesting to you and what sort of formal training may be necessary.
There can be so many variations of a particular title, so speak to a lot of people who are doing a similar thing, define the most important skills and nail those. There are a huge amount of resources available online, so you can upskill along the way; the power of technology!
Do you think it’s important for more women to find career paths within the technology sector?
I think an equal balance of women and men in all industries is important.