This is the Prime Time to Reskill to Tech
If in the past, what stopped women from stepping into tech roles were the long hours or intense studies forcing them to choose between home-life and work, today, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, most companies are taking on flexible, work-from-home cultures. Employers understand they must enable workers to achieve a work-life balance and show greater understanding towards the need to juggle various life commitments. This new flexibility could make women rethink changing their career. Now, more than ever, is the optimal time to reskill to tech. Tech training is similarly flexible – offering face to face, online or blended program options that are made to accommodate students’ schedules.
Lisa Schneider shares an insight from her experience that includes digitally transforming global companies like Merriam-Webster: “There are two things that scaffolded my pivot into digital technology: having strong curiosity and a learning mindset. Being curious about what could be, and being willing to be in learning mode, were key then and more so now.”
According to Leah Mansoor, her tech background enables her to perform her managerial role in the best way possible. “These days, your career path can come to a stop if you don’t have some tech-related knowledge. Throughout my career, I never hesitated to go back and complete more technology courses to continue learning, even when I was holding senior management positions. It’s important to make sure you never reach that glass ceiling. I firmly believe more women need to learn tech, and fast.”
There are still challenges in the inclusion of women in tech, but the answers to such challenges are clear: give girls more female role models that inspire them, teach women the tech skills they will need, and encourage them to take part in the tech ecosystem, so they can change the world for the better.