Everywhere I went, I looked for challenges and somehow naturally found myself on this project management path. I really like what I do and genuinely appreciate the tech culture and the everyday life in a software company. There’s a particular feeling to it, no doubt.
Being a woman in tech. The biggest software companies in the world like Google, IBM or Intel set annual goals for reaching certain numbers when it comes to women professionals among their international teams. Women entered this stage with some delay, for many different reasons, and now slowly begin to fill the global IT job market and close the – still visible – gap. On the other hand, men who got used to working in homogenous groups, today gradually start to learn all the benefits of a diversified professional environment. It’s an ongoing process, and it will take some time.
Feeling underestimated or judged due to your gender is something you do come across, sooner or later. Here in Argentina, for some, it still comes as a surprise that women have the very same skills, knowledge and drive as men to work in tech and succeed. There’s this issue of having to prove oneself not just as a professional, but as a capable “women professional.” It’s something we need to overcome as a society, something that needs fixing.
Leading teams is a challenge I love. It means copying with different attitudes and bringing together various personalities. My take on project management is cherishing differences and making the most of a multi-angle perspective. I have a feeling that projects thrive in diversified groups and differences fuel the imagination. So, the more women in teams, the better, for the sake of a balanced and creative environment. I also find women as great facilitators and long-term strategic thinkers.
Women empowerment activities. I support all activities that lead to women empowerment. There’s so much to be done. We’re on the road to an IT employment ratio that more fairly represents our actual presence on the job market. Education is another important topic. If there are any professions that are exclusive for men, a career in IT is definitely not one of them. Girls need not fear entering this field; in fact, they should feel encouraged as it’s a great adventure and it has an amazing impact on today’s world. Back in my student years, I was part of a really narrow group: women summed up to only about 5% of all students on my courses. Fortunately, things are changing year after year.
I think that women should support each other in a workplace until we close this gender gap. There will be a time, worldwide when this will no longer be an issue, but we’re not there yet.
Advice for women in IT. When I look back, I see all the right decisions I made. The mistakes on the road were necessary for my growth, and I’ve learned a lot. If I were to send a message to other women, I’d say: pay close attention to all the chances you get, don’t be afraid and choose with heart. Getting what you want takes a lot of perseverance, patience and focusing on your goals. It’s all worth an occasional rough patch: you’ll grow fast, just stay on the track.
Working as a Project Manager gives me so much satisfaction because I play a small part in other people’s growth. When I realize that under my mentoring and coaching people change and empower themselves, I know I’m doing something right.