Q : I am a young woman who is currently studying Computer Science at university. I'm excited to start my career and want to make the most of the opportunity. I know that there are challenges being a woman in tech, but I am determined to have a successful career. What advice would you give someone like me looking to enter the field?
A : Congratulations on embarking on what will be a long and fulfilling career in one of the most exciting industries. We wanted to share some of our favourite pieces of advice from leading women in the tech space.
"A lot of women become uncomfortable asking questions, asking for help or seeking out a mentor. Reader, if this sounds like you, I’m telling you, you’ve got to get past this. Fear is one of the greatest threats to your growth potential."
Deirra Footman, Senior Network Engineer at 14 West
“I think [negotiation] is the single most important skill a woman (or anyone!) can have in order to be effective. It's the backbone for selling your work and ideas internally, but also indispensable externally when your closing deals or simply trying to get things done."
Netysha Santos, Google New Business Development Manager
"Network like your career depends on it… because it does. Make trusted connections both within and outside your company by attending industry events and using social media platforms like LinkedIn."
Katherine Boiciuc, Director of Business Capability, Telstra
"The day you get out of bed unhappy to go to work is the day you need to make a change. After 20 years at Accenture I am still happy to get out of bed and perform to my best. The day I am no longer happy is when I will find something else to do."