I think it’s important for there to be as many diverse voices in the industry as possible. I think we can only ensure that digital products are inclusive by making sure that the perspectives of various genders, ages, races and ability are in the room when decisions are being made. I’d love to see a tech industry that is more representative of society as a whole.
Try to surround yourself with supportive people who also challenge you. Finding these people will take time, but they are the work relationships that will make you better.
I didn’t experience significant barriers in entering the tech industry, although I know this isn’t the case for all. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some wonderful female digital designers, UXers and developers throughout my career. Although I think that this is not often representative and the stereotypes still exist, particularly outside of the tech industry. I would love there to be more visibility and representation of women in leadership design and tech roles.
I didn’t actively pursue a career in the tech industry. I left University with a degree in Graphic Communication and high hopes of a career in branding and print. However, my first design job was at a web and software company and I fell in love with designing digital experiences. Fifteen years later, I’m still working in tech and wouldn’t change a thing!