Ecodesk – Reihaneh Naderi, Frontend Developer

We interviewed Reihaneh Naderi, Frontend Developer at Ecodesk on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.

Reihaneh Naderi


1. What does your job role involve?

I’m a frontend developer, working on the whole cycle of development process including coding, debugging, pairing and test development. Overall, my job involves problem solving at different stages of software engineering.


2. What made you choose a career in technology?

I fell into technology accidentally. I came across HTML when I was learning about SEO (search engine optimization) which was related to my education. I became curious about how these websites were built and digging deeper into the world of web development got me interested in this field.


3. Did you study an IT or technology related subject at GCSE, A-Level or University?

No, I studied Marketing at university. Then, I went to Boolean UK to learn the skills to change my career into tech.


4. Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?

No, I didn’t have any work experience in Tech. I just had the 6 months of training I spent with Boolean.


5. Do you think there is a lack of females in the IT and tech sector?

Yes, unfortunately, the tech industry is dominated by men. Many of my friends who have worked as developers for years mentioned that they are the only women in their teams but I think it’s getting better.


6. Do you find there is a stereotype that a career in IT or technology is just for men?

Without a doubt! Women are underrepresented in tech, and I think we should break stereotypes that girls are better suited to jobs like hairdressing, nursing, and some of the STEM fields.


7. What would entice women to study technology related courses?

There are still stereotypical views about who should be in tech roles, and more visible female role models might help change those views. I think it is extremely important for children to be exposed to technology through their family members. In the case where the family is unable to take action, it is up to the schools to prevent negative stereotypes and encourage girls to develop an interest in such fields.


8. Are there barriers when it comes to women getting into tech?

As a female, I found it challenging to find female peers and mentors. I think we should encourage women in tech to become mentors.


9. How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?

Businesses can attract more women if they offer flexible work hours and the opportunity to work from home, especially for women with young families.


10. What advice would you give to young women at the start of their career?

The best advice I can give women is to stop underestimating their abilities and to focus on their uniqueness and what they can contribute to society.