“Computing is too important to be left to men,” said Karen Sparck Jones, a professor at Cambridge. How profound.
Sometimes when looking for inspiration in our career the best thing to do is look for what others who have gone before have experienced and read about their best practices and advice.
Karen Sparck Jones is just one woman in tech with advice to offer.
Women’s Words on Computing
Graphic Springs gathered a few key quotes from other women in tech to create this wonderful infographic. It makes a perfect mini poster to hang by your desk. Click the image or here for full infographic: Infographic from Graphic Springs.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It is easy to allow insecurities about age/experience level to prevent you from making a big demand, or asking for a meeting with an influential person, or even admitting that you need help. However, if you don’t at least pose the question, it will probably never happen. So go for it! You might be surprised at what can happen if you just ask.”
Seeking Words of Wisdom for Computing Women in Tech
Dawn Parzych, Director of Product & Solution Marketing at CatchPoint also sees the value of having positive reinforcement and advice on hand so she sent a message out to a few of her Facebook followers to ask for their stories and quotes to inspire and motivate other women in tech. Check out the complete article at Words of Wisdom, and here is her personal advice:
The best advice I was ever given is “women can have it all, just not all at the same time.” This really resonated with me as I made a difficult decision to leave the workforce for a brief period of time. I always thought I would keep my career after becoming a mom, when we became foster parents to a 6-year-old boy (who we went on to adopt), that changed. Our son was having a hard time adjusting and I couldn’t give my career and family the attention they both needed. The career had to be placed on the back burner. Before I hear, “why didn’t my husband quit his job?” “why is it always the woman that quits?” – he did as well. Knowing this didn’t mean I was failing made the decision easier. Being aware of your limitations and changing your priorities is OK.
What words of wisdom have meant the most to you in your career? What advice would you have for others?