We interviewed Katie Nykanen, CTO at Adstream on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.
I manage a large Tech team of developers building applications to help clients in the media industry. We work with big movie studios managing trailers for their movie launches, global brands across all industries and the majority of the worlds advertising agencies and media owners
I did a work placement as an administrator in an IT department and just got caught up in understanding how the technology worked so from there I moved into business analysis and then project leading and management and worked my way up from there.
No, I did general business studies and focused on foreign languages!
Not until my work placement, no.
Its definitely not equal between men and women but I do see quite a few women in certain roles but there is a huge shortage in more technical roles like developers, architects, developers and devops.
Yes especially in deeply technical roles but there is no reason why women cant or shouldn’t do those roles. Look at the recent films about how much women did back in the early days of technology like Hidden Figures, women have been doing these perceived ‘male techy roles’ for years!
More promotion about the types of roles available, its not all sitting quietly writing code and a boys club and its not boring! There are great careers available and tech companies are a lot of fun to work for!
Not as far as I am concerned and I don’t think people would actively not hire women, there are just far few around applying for the roles we advertise.
I am going to be spending time at an event with some school girls in a few weeks talking about careers in Tech and I think we have to do more of this sort of thing, give girls the opportunity to understand what its about.
Technology is the future….. why would you want to be anywhere else….???