Earlier this month, we partnered with the Women in Business Expo, a virtual two-day event to help inspire and encourage women to build rewarding careers in business and technology.
As part of our partnership, our Director of Women in Cyber Academy, Jane Frankland, had the opportunity to join other inspiring female tech leaders in a panel discussion on Women, Wisdom & Wins in Tech.
If you missed it then there’s no need to worry, here are our top takeaways from the event…
Your skills are transferable
Women are often deterred from applying for tech roles as they fear they don’t have the technical skills needed, however, don’t underestimate the power of your transferable skills. When applying for roles, be sure to highlight the skills you’ve learned from previous employment, including problem-solving, creative thinking and time-management. These will set you in good stead for a career in tech so make sure you include these in any application.
Tech is dynamic
The tech industry is incredibly fast-paced with new developments taking place regularly. This means that to succeed in the industry, you need to be able to adapt and change, qualities which come natural to many women. The nature of the industry also means that the career paths are endless therefore it’s unlikely you’ll ever be standing still.
Communication is key for the future
Communication is one of, if not the most important skill in life. You need to know how to position yourself, how to market yourself and how to communicate with others. This is the same in tech. Just because you may be in a technical role, communication skills remain critical. You’ll need to be able to communicate your work to your colleagues, both technical and non-technical, and without this ability, you’ll be less likely to be able to work within a tech team.
We’re all technologists
When you think of a technologist, you may think of a stereotypical image but it’s time that you scrap that from your mind. Technology is everywhere – every industry is a technology industry, and every role has a tech role in it. We use technology every day and rely on it to adapt, innovate, and complete daily tasks. Just because you don’t look like your idea of a technologist, doesn’t mean you aren’t one.
Be your authentic self
Diversity isn’t just about people’s appearances; it’s about how people think. By embracing your authentic self, you can use it to your advantage and bring a different perspective to a business which is really valuable. Tech needs diverse minds to develop and maintain their competitive advantage so don’t hide away from your true self.
Your personal brand is one of your most powerful assets so use it to get out there and get visible. This isn’t just contributing; it’s about using your voice to stand out in a crowd. Investing in your network is a key part of getting visible so once you’ve built a strong network, use it as an asset to drive your career forward.
In addition to the panel discussion on Women in Tech, the event included a whole host of inspirational seminars and keynotes, all of which our students found insightful as they start their careers in tech.
“I feel that the advice and talks were extremely beneficial and inspiring” – Cleo, Women in Software Academy Student.
Are you feeling inspired about starting a career in technology? Our academies will not only provide you with the skills you need to pursue a career in tech, we’ll also support you with your personal brand, job applications and building your network. Register your interest in one of our academies today and let us help you turn your passion into a rewarding career.