Fifteen years ago, after finishing grad school at home in Greece, I launched my career at a mid-sized IT company in New York City. Blissful in my own ignorance back then, I couldn’t really grasp how creative, evolving, educative and game changing my career in tech might be. Especially when I was one of the few women in the room.
Jump to 2019 and this picture has rapidly transformed. Tech is running at the speed of light. More women are choosing careers in IT, and with more startups than any other industry, technology is a rapidly expanding field. Yet, 74% of computer science jobs are occupied by men and according to Mercer’s most recent findings, are paid 25% more than women in high-tech companies[i].
Getting women interested in tech careers is a burning topic within the industry and high on the agenda for most tech companies. There is an immense shift in the focus for gender balance and has prompted me to try and tackle the stigma of women in tech and consider what initiatives might attract and retain female talent. However, with some companies if these efforts are purely to hit those yearly numbers on diversity and inclusion and to tick yet another box, we are far from creating an inclusive, innovative and healthy environment for today’s women in tech.
Personally, creating an equal and inclusive environment has been and is one of my core responsibilities and I am privileged to have found a “home” here at Amido – where numbers, agendas and boxes, are thrown out of the window and role models, awareness and support systems come into play. Equal pay goes without saying, finding and building those digital skills is who we are, and being surrounded by amazing engineers is what makes me happy to come to work every day.