06 Sep I’m a woman in tech, and this is what I love about it
Today I had a conversation with a 14 year old girl who told me she loved my article: I’m a woman in tech, and this is what I want in a company. She was in the process of interviewing eight executives about their thoughts on diversity and inclusion, and was recommended the article. As we were chatting she told me about all the things she was seeing in in the media lately, about Uber, about female founders who were harassed, and a million other negative stories about women in tech. I remember thinking, how on earth am I going to sit here and tell this young woman that she should pursue a career in tech? She’s seeing and hearing all these negative things about what it’s like for women in the industry. So this one is for her, and for 14 year old Leigha. This is what I love about working in tech:
I get to use my brain
People actually pay me to think and use my brain. That is still crazy to me. I don’t have to do paperwork, I don’t have to talk to people all day, I don’t have to do manual labour, I get to sit on a computer and use my brain to figure things out. I attend conferences and take classes to learn even more. If I get really good at a thing, I can go and learn another thing. I will never get bored because I’ll never stop learning, doing new things, and using my brain. When I was young I didn’t know jobs like this existed, I always figured you would need to be a student for life if you always wanted to keep learning. Turns out someone will pay you for it.