Lately, I have had to read more about women in technology. Initially, I was more confused than enlightened, but I am getting more curious and learning fast. I may soon jump on the #GirlsinICT hashtag, I’m already feeling cool about myself. Here are some advices from women in tech that have helped my curiosity and determination to learn and be geeky.
- Look at the big Picture – Thea Sokolowski
“I always think it’s important to step back and look at the big picture. Think about what technology really means and how many different industries and job functions are going to become engrossed in technology in the future. This is where everything is headed, and if you can be ahead of the curve –- or rather, if you can contribute to a vision of where that curve is going –- you will be successful. Thing is, technology is a super broad industry. Find the thing you’re passionate about and think about how technology fits into it or can make it better. That’s what you’re working toward.”
- 2. Quiet the limiting voice- Elisa Jagerson, CEO and owner of Speck Design
“There is a voice inside you that will tell you that you are not good enough, prepared enough, or worthy enough to fulfill your dreams. Quiet that voice.”
- Never stop being curious. Megan Quinn, partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
“Curiosity is a requirement for identifying great entrepreneurs and companies. Find smart people in the verticals you’re interested in and follow what they’re reading, writing, saying, and even tweeting to develop your own point of view.” Learn new things. Push the limits.
- Focus on the work.- Amy Jo Kim
“Learn what you’re good at, play to your strengths, produce great results. I’ve encountered a fair amount of sexism in Tech, mostly just un-educated and insecure rather than mean-spirited. My best advice is to not take it personally AT ALL (it’s about THEM not about you) and focus on bringing smart people together to do great work. I’ve won over a handful of sexist and earned their grudging respect by focusing everyone on the work and producing high-quality results.”
- EMBRACE your womanhood and do not apologize for it. -Maryam Keyvani
” You should not feel like there is any intelligence or capability lacking in you because you are a woman. But at the same time, ignoring that you are a woman -and inherently different from men in many ways- is not a solution either.
Yes, my voice gets all jittery when I am angry and in the midst of a heated argument because I am about to burst into tears. I am a woman, deal with it! Yes, I miss having woman colleagues who would notice I got a haircut! Yes, I hate the grey and brown colors of this office and want to have flowers on my desk. Yes, I like to compliment people on a job well done, and I do want to receive a pat on the back when I do a good job.
I love the meritocracy of the tech industry and have honestly never felt discriminated against when it came to my performance.”
I think I’m learning fast.