What are your thoughts on the gender imbalance in tech?
Historically tech was not seen as a potential career path for women, but I do feel like the imbalance is getting smaller. We’re seeing a more even split of applicants, especially for junior development roles which hopefully means a vibrant pipeline of amazing talent coming through over the next few years. It’s going to take time for that to be seen at more senior levels as experience still counts but I’m positive this will come. To be fair, tech isn’t the only industry that suffers from this challenge – I’ve been more outnumbered in other industries (I’m looking at you banking and insurance!).
What advice would you give to other women wanting to pursue a career in tech?
If you have a passion for something, pursue it. You’ll always be the only one of you in the room, so it’s ok to be the only woman in the room too – be proud of being both those things.
In your opinion, how do we get more women in tech?
That’s a big question! There are many things we could improve – we have to advertise roles in a way that appeal to everyone, that doesn’t make anyone think they can’t / shouldn’t want any role; we have to design and embed working environments that value diversity and input from all; we have to put ourselves forward as role models (however imperfect we are / feel) and we have to champion each other for our skills and capabilities regardless of gender or any other factor.