We interviewed Sara Alasadi, Account Manager at Atos IT Services UK Ltd on her thoughts and experiences on women in tech.
My job involves managing key client relationships in the public sector and bringing forward innovative technology business opportunities wherever possible.
The fact that it’s a fast-growing market – the everchanging nature of it was especially appealing to me
No – I studied art-based subjects at A-level, Law at undergraduate level, and now I am simultaneously completing a master’s in Law and Technology, around my day job!
Before joining Atos as a graduate, I had completed a year-long internship at Atos as well – that first step was what struck the interest in the technology industry, and what edged me towards studying Technology as well. Other than that, I had no experience in tech
Absolutely – I think it’s still moving away from historically being a male dominated industry and that starts from a young age – all statistics indicate that females don’t tend to go for STEM subjects in school and so it’s already more difficult to get into a field without the necessary background. I think it can also be quite a domineering industry (as with most industries at the corporate level) so can be off-putting or women may not feel the drive to progress into more senior positions. Raising awareness early on and encouraging equal opportunities is the way to combat this.
Inclusivity, not feeling like ‘the only girl in the class’, meeting women who have followed that path and become successful in later careers. Educating pupils and teachers about moving away from stereotypes, such as girls being better at the arts… just a few ways of providing a level playing field.
Potentially in the sense that they’re less likely to have followed the necessary educational path. But I don’t think there is from a recruitment perspective. Companies are aware of the issue and some may have quotas and targets for female representation in the workplace. It’s just making sure that women can get to that position by doing relevant degrees, having experience opportunities, etc.
Career fairs at Universities, promote inclusive and supportive company cultures
Don’t compromise yourself because you think that you can’t do something or you will be outnumbered, or under qualified. The different perspective is often the most valuable and people will appreciate this. Don’t deter yourself from a company or role because you’re intimidated by its technicality – I‘m not technically well-versed myself but I throw myself whole-heartedly into my job and learn something new every single day. Be confident and bold!