How women in tech can grow their careers
Tips from three IT leaders
- Find both female and male mentors to help you advance to a leadership role
- Understand the business needs of the institution and build relationships
- Get comfortable making difficult decisions
So, in order for females to advance their careers, the first thing that I think is important is for them to realize that they can be in a leadership role. I always say to young, aspiring women that it's really important that you have female mentors. But it's also very important that you have male mentors.
For right now in this field, it is still fairly dominated at that very top leadership level by men. And it's really important that you know how to engage with and be comfortable in that situation.
A skill that an IT manager needs is relationship management and an understanding of the business of the institution. IT is secondary. It makes it happen. We can make it happen through the IT process.
But if we don't understand the business need, and if we don't build those relationships, we're never going to be able to truly meet the needs, because you have to communicate. And so, the relationship piece is key.
Breaking the glass ceiling is going to require breaking glass. And you're going to have to be OK with difficult decisions. Make sure you make those decisions with as much grace as you can but not be fearful.
Take that leap of faith. Make that difficult decision that someone is dependent on you to make. Do something that those before you weren't brave enough to do. And you will have people in your corner.