I never thought I would work in tech. My bachelor’s degree is in psychology, and my coding experience does not go beyond making minor edits to HTML in a WordPress template. But since becoming part of the tech world a few months ago, my eyes have been opened. A place that I never saw myself is now one that I have a hard time not seeing myself in. Here are 3 things I’ve learned since stepping into my new identity as a “woman in tech”:
1. We need to stop saying that tech is “a man’s world”.
Why? Because there are intelligent, strong, talented women who work in tech, and they deserve to be recognized. Yes, the gender gap in tech is real (here are some stats in case you aren’t already convinced). You know who else are real? Those amazing women I mentioned above who are already working in tech. By erasing their achievements, we just contribute to the problem.
2. Diversity is necessary.
The other week I attended the mandatory culture day for new hires at Gears of Leo. One of the first speakers was the group CEO and co-founder, Gustaf Hagman. During his presentation, he told us about how the company’s success depends on the people who are a part of it. He’s right. In fact, a study conducted by two German researchers found that firms with more diverse teams (gender, nationality, background) have “a better innovative capacity”.
3. You don’t need to be a programmer to work in tech.
That’s right; you heard me. You can work in tech even if you don’t have experience in computer science (see: yours truly). While coding is a large part of tech, it’s far from the only element. Tech organizations need people with a variety of skill sets. They need salespeople, HR managers, first impression specialists, recruiters, creatives, designers, data scientists, and more. A successful tech organization relies on cross-functional collaboration to make things happen.
My favorite part of being in the tech industry is that I am part of building the future. And if we’re going to build a more equal future, we need more women to help build it.
Sarah, Social Media Assistant