The tech industry is a male-dominated world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have women who are making their mark. So whether you’re new to the field or an experienced developer looking to make a career change, it’s essential to know your history, build your own community, and support other girls in technology.
Build Your Own Community
A lot of people don’t feel like they have a support system. So the best way to build one is to start by finding people doing the same thing as you.
Start small with meetups or online communities, and then build up your network. Get involved in as many activities as possible! Join a book club, go hiking with friends, or even just organize a small study group with people who share similar interests—there are many ways to find community.
Learn Your History
Women in technology are not new. Women have always been innovators and creators. They have just been largely overlooked. Their history is rich, and their contributions are deep and wide, but you may not know about them because it’s time for us to start telling their stories.
The days of women being an afterthought or a “trend” are over; they are here to stay! So you need to learn from each other and share your stories with others so that everyone can see how far you have come and where you are going next for yourselves, science and technology, humanity itself—and maybe even beyond!
Play the Long Game
- Don’t give up, and don’t give in. The road is long, and it’s not always fun. There will be times when you feel like giving up, but those are the times when you must trust yourself to push through—and know that it will get better soon enough. Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint: the battle has just begun!
- Ask for help when you need it. It’s okay to ask questions or open yourself up vulnerably if it helps others understand you more clearly as well as they can support your career goals—don’t be afraid of being vulnerable!
Experts at prominent firms like Intuit suggest, “Creating an environment that encourages girls from an early age to pursue technology fields is essential in advancing their participation in the workforce.”
Support Local Women in Tech
- Attend events. You’ll meet local entrepreneurs and business leaders, which will help you connect with the best in your community.
- Speak to local women. You can help them by sharing your experiences, offering advice, or just listening, so they know that someone out there supports their dreams of success.
- Mentor local women who are interested in tech careers by connecting them with people who can introduce them to more opportunities or even give them a job!
- Sponsor local women through organizations like Women Who Code, Girl Develop It, and Ada Developers Academy (to name a few).
As you’ve seen, there are many ways to be a woman in tech, And believe it’s essential to find your unique path. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today.