We interviewed Reihaneh Naderi, Frontend Developer at Ecodesk on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.
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.
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.
No, I studied Marketing at university. Then, I went to Boolean UK to learn the skills to change my career into tech.
No, I didn’t have any work experience in Tech. I just had the 6 months of training I spent with Boolean.
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.
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.
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.
As a female, I found it challenging to find female peers and mentors. I think we should encourage women in tech to become mentors.
Businesses can attract more women if they offer flexible work hours and the opportunity to work from home, especially for women with young families.
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.