The opportunities for women in tech are rapidly increasing. The tech field is expansive and with the emphasis on attracting minorities and women into technology, it is only fitting that I speak to how to prepare yourself for a career in tech that I hope will make you self-aware and feeling fulfilling!
Be bold and brave
There are chances that as a woman some coworkers might make it hard for you to work and stay. Show them who is the boss by:
- Taking bold decisions and assure that you stand by your decision because you know you are working for the betterment of the company
- Remember that your office is not the place for tears; maintain composure
- Be weary of when others are dominating you and be assertive
Maintain your personal brand
One of the most important things that you have to consider is maintaining your own personal brand, because others are not going to do it for you. Not everyone can maintain that every day, but it’s important to stand up for yourself. When especially speaking with leadership and customers, be weary of how to create the best first impression because that is the only way your value will increase in the company.
Work as a team
Actively take part in all types of teamwork. You have to support others and help them when they need it. Remember in the end, results have no gender. Success of a project is more important than your own motives. This is also a great way to give other team members a chance for success, and in the long run, helps develop a healthy business relationship.
Be ready to put in the time
At many companies, it can be expected that you will work more than 40 hours per week. In cases that you can negotiate overtime pay, please do, but otherwise do note of it. Working more than 40 hours is not always a bad thing and it can especially reflect on your work ethic, so long as it does not interfere with your personal life. I personally do not have the experience, but I can speak to the fact that in many companies, start up cultures are typically over 40 hour work days, so it’s important to note if that company and work culture fits your lifestyle. This is not exclusive to work, but put in the time for personal projects or even your mental health. Balance is key!
If there’s anything that you can take from this, it is to continue to be inspired! Keep reading, be confident and continue to enjoy your journey!
If you feel like doing some extra homework, I set up links to some books I’ve personally read and enjoyed. “Women in Tech” and “Lean In” are especially favorites!