Despite efforts to increase diversity recruitment strategies in STEM, women continue to be disproportionately represented in the makeup of the technology industry. Moreover, women of color within this industry are more likely to face roadblocks to career advancement and parity in comparison to their white female and male counterparts.
According to Builtin.com, “Black women can encounter many challenges their coworkers don’t, ranging from extra personal and work responsibilities to cultural misunderstanding and biases at work, as well as the ongoing effects of historic disinvestment and lack of generational wealth.”
At MinTech Agency, fostering and supporting diversity in the tech space is a top priority. Here are four critical habits women in tech should cultivate in order to thrive within their positions and to mitigate the unique challenges in the workplace.
Build a Supportive Network
As data published by McKinsey & Company illustrate, the pressures of COVID-19 have led 1 in 4 senior women to consider stepping out of or slowing down in their careers, with Black women facing “additional unique challenges” from both COVID-19 and the increase in incidents of racial injustice that reached a boiling point in the early days of the pandemic.
In times like these, having a resource pool of like-minded career professionals to tap into when you’re considering a career change or are in need of professional advice is crucial.
Never Stop Learning
In today’s digital age, online certifications and advanced learning degrees are just a click away. The more you know, the wider your net of opportunity becomes and the more value you can provide to your organization or team.
Sharpen your technical acumen by actively pursuing diversity-driven career opportunities or resources, like a recently announced initiative from Google that aims to provide over 100,000 Black women with educational resources for digital skills, interview training, and resume improvement.
As a woman in STEM, it can be intimidating to voice your opinions and ask for the things you want. However, in a highly-competitive and fast-moving industry like the tech world, it is critical that you advocate for yourself and practice clear and confident communication with your team, co-workers, and employer.
Time for a Career Change? Consult a Diversity-Focused Recruiter
By being aware of the unique challenges you will likely face as a woman in STEM, you can survey the landscape and be strategic about the way you approach career changes or advances. Consider connecting with recruitment agencies like MinTech Agency that value diversity, and will work with you to negotiate the best possible career opportunities for you based on your specific goals and needs.