"Start from the bottom, learn as many skills as you can, concentrate on the area you would like to succeed in, learn everything about it and keep climbing towards that goal. Study more if necessary."
What would entice women to study technology related courses?
The understanding of different roles within tech sector. Helping people, helping the world! If you’re a nurse or a doctor etc you are physically helping people. If you’re in tech you are helping to develop something that might help a person, make their life easier, and connect someone. I feel rewarded every time I help someone within my role, as much as I think we should not massively rely on technology unfortunately our current world relies on it. Knowing that they can make an impact on the world and how. Also being different – not following the crowd. Showing young women all this can empower them to make that choice.
Are there barriers when it comes to women getting into tech?
I found it that there was a bit of prejudice when I first started whenever I called some customers they would almost provide a sarcastic response when they heard a female voice as if to say “how is she going to know what to do with my fault”. Don’t get that these days but also am amazed at some of the stuff I can tell my customers. In the last few years I have seen SMC employ more women and it is nice to see. So personally I don’t think there are barriers any more, you just have to know your stuff! Education wise is the same – I don’t believe there are barriers you just have to get in, it may be harder to get in now, so the only barrier I can think of is financial.
How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?
Share our experience, show our capabilities.
What more do you think we could do to level the playing field and improve gender balance?
Bring your daughter to work day. When interviewing allow an even 50/50 split of male and female applicants where possible. Spread awareness where possible. Tech fares, university career days.
What advice would you share with someone considering building a career in technology?
Start from the bottom, learn as many skills as you can, concentrate on the area you would like to succeed in, learn everything about it and keep climbing towards that goal. Study more if necessary.