I recently had the opportunity to talk about women in tech and their career paths with Jay Schwab, Communications Content Manager with ISACA. ISACA is an acronym for Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
You can listen to the interview here:
Jay also published part of our interview on the ISACA blog:
I am often asked by women young and old, “Were you intimidated by technology or afraid to start your first job in tech?”
The answer: YES!! My internal concerns swirled around my head, increasing my fear and anxiety:
• Am I good enough?
• Can I do the work?
• What if I fail?
All of these fears and more crossed my mind. Like many first times, it may be intimidating from the peripheral but once inside the world of tech, it is more about making connections, solving business problems, and creating opportunities. (read the entire article here)
The tendency for women interested in tech career paths is to get hung up on the need for highly technical knowledge. The reality is, there are a variety of career paths available in tech that do not involve coding or software development.
If women are interested in the industry, they should look beyond the traditional coding positions to see what else is available. Emerging solutions and new technologies such as IoT, big data, cloud and blockchain companies are looking for people that can jump in and learn, provide ideas and solve problems. Even if you are only 60 percent qualified, I encourage you to apply, as many companies are eager to train talented professionals to fill their positions.
If you are interested in learning more about how your skills and experience can translate into a different direction, I invite you to check out my FREE online courses.
JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author, and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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