Our web developer, Dima, shares a little about her experience as a woman in tech and offers advice for other women looking to conquer the sector.
My journey in IT started when I was in secondary school, where I enjoyed working on any project that required me to use computer programs. Anything related to computers was a lot of joy and fun for me - even using essential programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash or Photoshop!
Having this curiosity for computers, I decided to study a Computer Science degree, followed by a diploma and a Master’s in Computing, all while beginning my career as a web developer. I didn’t mind being in classes where the majority of my classmates were male, or working within a team in a workplace where I am the only female member. As long as I’m doing what I like and following my passion, I’m very happy.
I feel I am lucky to be working in the IT sector as there is no limitation on what can be done with these magical tools we are using. Every day, I am learning new things. It’s very exciting to be a developer and coding, for me, has always been fun.
What empowers me further is reading about female role models in the IT sector and participating in women’s communities such as BCS (British Computing Society) Women and the Women in Tech Festivals.
Personally, I don’t believe there are any real barriers preventing women from pursuing a career in technology, as convenient learning options are always available to help women get the education they need, regardless of other life commitments. Furthermore, the technology sector is more comfortable with non-traditional work arrangements such as freelancing, and remote and flexible working.
Finally, I would like to encourage more women to pursue technology degrees and professions. It’s more exciting than you might think, and there’s always room for innovation, as we are creating technologies that power our lives.
My advice to girls who want to pursue a career/degree in technology: do not be influenced by the media, your family, or community biases about computing being ‘geeky’ or a male profession. Be confident; you can also have a technical mind - you don't even have to be a genius, you just need to practice and enjoy what you are doing.
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