Being a Woman in Tech doesn’t mean that we all sit in front of a screen all day, being super techie and code.

Or develop an O/S, create an app and decrypt secret messages. (Although the latter would be super cool).

And as for the coding, I wish I had that skill set or the patience. (Which is a real shame – as I have a ton of app ideas).
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👩🏻‍🏫 There is often a misconception that people, women and men, who work in tech can code, wire up a PC and fix your dishwasher (seriously?!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Where actually being in tech can be all of the above. However, a Woman in Tech can also be about:

  • People
  • Business
  • Strategy
  • Improvement
  • Profit
  • Projects
  • Communications
  • Coaching
  • Etc.

and acronyms. Oh soooo many acronyms. 🙈

Women in Tech can have be in a role like a Software Engineer, Architect, Infrastructure Manager and Developer. Yet, can also have roles like a Project Manager, Communication Lead, Service Delivery Analyst and Incident Owner.

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There are many sides to a career in tech.

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Stepping into the corporate world after leaving university, I have had the opportunity to work in leading industries which includes high-end retail and banking. And now in Telco! With a degree in Computing BSc, I started my career as a Junior Service Desk Analyst. At the age of 21, I was running a team of 20 male analysts. (Oh yes, there was some challenging’s). Then I worked my way up into a leadership role in Service Delivery and Process Improvement. My career has allowed me experiences in managing strategies, global teams and coaching. Additionally, I have been the founder and lead of internal female focused groups, supporting female team members to thrive – whilst aligning objectives and actions to the wider organisational goals.

Being a woman in tech, I have been the only female in the room. The pink dress, in the ocean of grey suits. I have presented to large and global groups, without prior notice. And, as cliché as this is – talked over and ignored in meetings.

Lucy Grimwade at Virgin Media O2 office, Slough.

There is no set path. Which has its pros and cons. Where one follows a route via education, another might accidently fall into the role within tech whether by chance or on purpose.

The commonality across technical and not-so-techie roles, is Leadership Skills.

Leadership vs Management

Leadership is more than being able to lead and influence a group of people. It is about how you show up, present, support and your knowledge.

Image from Article: Leadership: What Is It? via The Balance SMB

Learning and harnessing great leadership skills will enviably play a huge part in your success within your field.

Why?

By inspiring others, knowing your field and encouraging innovation, you will get more out of your colleagues and/or team whilst building great personal brand and will increase productivity as well as delivery of work.

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Whether you are techie or not. Coder or Service focused. What are you going to do today to work on your leadership skills?