There are few more important questions in tech right now than how to correct the gender imbalance in the workplace. As the website Hire More Women In Tech puts it, “monoculture is bad for business.” That, and we don’t need to tell you how important it is that techy women everywhere have the equality they deserve.
While ideally all women in tech would be afforded equal opportunity, advancement, and compensation by their employers, that’s not everyone’s reality quite yet. This is why we’ve assembled our top five tips for women already in tech or just starting to build their careers.
Choose The Right Company Culture
Each of us has individual preferences when it comes to the environment and culture in which we work. Don’t back down when it comes to finding a respectful corporate culture where you know you can do your best work.
Be Vocal About Your Skills & Successes
You’re rocking your projects — don’t keep it to yourself! Seize every opportunity to discuss your accomplishments and skills so your value is crystal-clear to everyone.
Maintain a Rock-Solid Network
Never stop building up your network, both inside and outside your company. Be ready to leverage your contacts at the drop of a hat if you need to.
Don’t Think Big — Think Huge
Part of being seen as a leader (no matter your role) is having vision. Don’t censor yourself when it comes to great ideas, even if they don’t seem realistic at first.
Remember You’re Stronger Than You Realize
When big challenges arise (and they always do), don’t back down. Where there’s a will, there’s a way — and more often than not, tackling the challenge head-on is easier in the end than walking away.
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