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How to Make Progress in the Tech Industry as a Woman by Barakat Bakare

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we recently held a panel discussion featuring three incredible women who shared their journeys into the tech industry and how they navigated the challenges they faced. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion:

Build a support system: One of the biggest challenges women face in the tech industry is the lack of representation and support. It’s important to find and build a support system of like-minded individuals who can offer guidance, mentorship, and advocacy.

Embrace your uniqueness: Don’t try to fit into a mold or conform to a specific stereotype of what a tech professional should look like. Embrace your unique skills, experiences, and perspectives, and use them to your advantage.

Develop a growth mindset: The tech industry is constantly evolving, and it’s important to have a growth mindset and a willingness to learn and adapt. Don’t be afraid to take on new challenges and step outside of your comfort zone.

Speak up and advocate for yourself: Women often face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but it’s important to speak up and advocate for yourself. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a fair salary or to speak up when you feel that you’re not being treated fairly.

Be resilient: The tech industry can be tough, but it’s important to stay resilient and not give up on your dreams. Surround yourself with supportive people, take care of yourself, and keep pushing forward.

Overall, the panel discussion was an inspiring and empowering event that highlighted the importance of women in the tech industry and the need for continued support and advocacy. By embracing our uniqueness, developing a growth mindset, and advocating for ourselves and each other, we can make progress and create a more inclusive and equitable industry for all.

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