Is now the best time for women in Technology and Operations?
"The perception of this world is now changing from a male dominated environment to an open, supportive landscape for all who wish to succeed."
Now is the best time for women to join the world of telecommunications. The perception of this world is now changing from a male dominated environment to an open, supportive landscape for all who wish to succeed.
With over 15 years of experience delivering strategic and tactical objectives across EMEA, I have witnessed the shift in the IT industry to welcome top talent, both male and female.
One of my key objectives in Sky Business is supporting revenue growth via partnerships in both WiFi and wholesale connectivity sectors. I am responsible for wholesale operations, new partner on-boarding, bid management and provisioning. Traditionally more men were seen in technology led areas, however a positive change has begun.
Technology and telecommunications do not discriminate between male or female, anyone with an interest in technology and innovation is welcome to drive and develop in this industry. Yes, in the past, women were hesitant to start a career in the technology sector and it did not help with the stereotype views about programmers. In my experience, engineers and developers are refreshingly down to earth and possess great social and practical skills. It is fascinating to see how they bring our products to life.
My advice for women looking for a career in technology
Women in tech who want to carve out a career for themselves don't have to do it alone, there are communities to support you or get yourself a mentor. An increasing number of organisations like Sky are recognising women and taking initiatives to support women in technology. Many of the FTSE 100 and 500 companies now have gender balance as yearly targets. This is the right time for those who want to excel, there has not been a better time for women in technology. People are deliberately making a conscious decision to acknowledge women as leaders - stereotypes are changing.
There are two key areas that need to be addressed to make this shift happen. Firstly, women themselves must break the barrier in their minds and believe that anything is possible - there is nothing that a woman can't do. Secondly, we must start from the ground-up with schools and parents to encourage technology in all the ways possible; and to advise them of careers in technology and operations, just like they would advise on being a doctor or a teacher. Introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in early years will have a long-term benefit.
The support I've had at Sky
Sky's Women in Leadership programme has supported me in my career success and has taught me valuable lessons in mentoring others. Sky supports building authentic leaders and giving everyone an opportunity to benefit from mentoring programmes. It has helped me develop as a compassionate leader providing my team with the flexibility to balance work and home life. I am also there to guide and support them with personal development, which Sky encourages at all levels.