As a mark of celebration for International Women’s Day we interviewed 6 of Box UK’s outstanding women, who themselves are ‘Breaking The Bias’ towards women in technology.  Here we talk to Emma Tickner one of our UX Designers.

Q. Why do you think it’s important for more women to join the tech industry?

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.

Q. What advice would you give yourself just starting out?

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.

Q. Do you think enough is done to help women get into the tech industry? If not, what would you recommend?

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.

Q. What first sparked your interest in working in the tech industry?

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!