From Intern to Designer
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For #IWD2017 eJIGSAW discusses gender equality and women in tech.
We spoke to our new Senior Back-End Developer about being a woman in the technology industry for International Women’s Day 2017 (IWD2017).
It seems fitting that I start the next step in my career during the same week as IWD2017. On Monday (6th March 2017) I took on my first senior position as Senior Back End Developer here at eJIGSAW, part of the Jigsaw group, a company where the promotion of gender equality is clear.
Knowing that Jigsaw had recently promoted one of their female members of staff to Managing Director, making the board of directors an even 50/50 split between gender, definitely led me to believe that they are promoting the advancement of women in their careers.
It’s taken me ten years to get to this point and it hasn’t been without its struggles. At one point I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave to then find out I had actually been replaced by a male who was effectively doing the same role as me. I did what any self-respecting woman would do and took action, setting an example for any future career mums and for my own daughter in her future career.
“eJIGSAW is a company where the promotion of gender equality is clear.”
Thankfully, with movements like International Women’s Day and companies like eJIGSAW leading the way, I have found that businesses are taking more of a meritocratic approach, where skills and ability take precedence over gender.
That being said, there is a still a huge deficit of women working in technical roles. With Twitter reporting that just 10% of their technical roles are performed by women and around 17% of those at Microsoft and Google, there is still some work to be done to close the gap.
It could be that women are discouraged from taking on technical subjects at school, college and university due to certain stereotypes associated with the industry. Let’s set that record straight by telling you first hand that I’m not a Trekkie, I’ve never seen the Star Wars films and I don’t play World of Warcraft (although my Mum does!).
What I do fill my spare time with is baking and makeovers with my little girl as well as socialising with my friends, many of whom are also successful career women in traditionally male-dominated industries such as a Quantity Surveyor (also an avid Liverpool fan), a Software Developer (loves to run) and Chartered Building Surveyor (also a qualified beautician).
As a single mother with a successful career in technology, I am living proof that you can have it all. I’m proud to be a role model to other women and to work for a company that is actively encouraging women into technology.
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