We’re activating in a male-dominated industry and we’re aware that being the opposite gender often requires more willpower and drive to be a professional in tech. Diversity and inclusion play an important role within companies and they actually offer a healthier competition level and engagement, when given thought to.
At Sensidev, we strive at being more inclusive and more mindful of what is happening around us, and we’re grateful that we’re able to provide a context where everybody feels equally taken into consideration and has opportunities to grow.
But this day is about them, the women in tech who have understood that even if there haven’t been presented enough role models for them to follow, they can be their own, and who see this industry exactly as it should be — a playground for everybody who has the skills and motivation to build a better tomorrow. For this, we celebrate today our female colleagues, by discovering through their eyes what it means to be a Woman in Tech:
1. Seemingly progressive and more than ever technologically developed, contemporary society has managed to change cultural stereotypes only to a limited extent, such as those according to which — technical fields are more suitable for men. So: Why IT? Was there a female model who has influenced your profession choice?
Lorena: Sadly, no, I can’t necessarily say I was inspired by a female model, but by the lack of them, so to speak.
Even though IT is one important field, ever-expanding in today’s globalized world, it’s not without flaws. According to a study I read, as of 2018, women accounted only for 25% of jobs in the tech industry.
After previously working in two different fields, I decided it’s time to switch to a job that challenges me, where I can grow professionally, learn each day, and never get bored.
Ioana D: Throughout my career life I can’t say I had female role models to follow, but instead I had plenty of examples of people I didn’t want to become. I never felt I fit the box so one day I told myself: “The heck with all this, I am not here to fit into your world, I am here to build my own!“. I often found myself playing football outside with the boys as a child, today we sit on the same side of the table creating software and building the future. For those who don’t know — I started in the administrative field, and today I am a proud Frontend Developer proving that “Yes, we (girls) can!”
Ioana E: In my case, actually my dad was the first model because he has a great passion for computers and physics and I’ve always felt like I inherited good logical skills from him. Moreover, in school, I’ve had a lot of women teachers who specialized in computers and mathematics fields. Having them around, I never thought it wouldn’t fit me to work in a field such as IT. After a few years, in high school I realized I am better at programming than at other subjects, so for me, it was clear that I am inclined to choose this path.
Diana: Unfortunately, I didn’t have any female model who influenced me to start working in IT. For me, it wasn’t the first choice of a career, but it was the one that finally stuck. From the get-go, it felt like the right one. Even though I didn’t have a female model to influence my choice of profession, during the years I have met a few women who influenced my career path.
2. Is IT just about computers? Are technical skills enough to be a complete and efficient professional?
Lorena: I would say some chose IT because, unlike other fields, this one doesn’t require interaction with customers as much as retail or media, for example. Trust me, I speak from experience when I say working with customers requires a whole lot more