We recently interviewed Sophie Condie, Operations Lead at Form3 on her thoughts and experience on Women in Tech.
Predominantly everything Customer Operations.
It was actually by chance, my career prior to joining Form3 had always been in Banking, specialising in global and domestic transaction banking and cash management. The head of the business I worked for at Barclays is part of the founding team at Form3 and I always found him an inspiring leader, so I got in touch to see what Form3 is all about; and the rest … as they say, is history.
No, nor did I study anything to do with Payments, I studied music and performing arts.
No, this has been my first experience
Absolutely, I think it is a hugely male dominated industry however I also think finance is. Its evolving lots, visibility and availability of roles within this industry is improving. IT and Tech need to be taught heavily at school and made available to everyone regardless to sex, geography and demographic.
Yes and no, I do think there is a certain mind and skill set that are essential to success in an IT/ Technology role, however there are a huge amount of roles surrounding IT and Tech, I would actually say its not that different to any business as you require a diverse set of brains and skill sets to make any business successful.
I think breaking the stereotype and making all roles visible and clear would help women understand the opportunities in Technology. Currently I think the association with Tech roles are unattractive and unappealing to women (to use a very sweeping statement)
Totally depends on the role you are applying for; for example Form3 has a rigourous interview process across every department and if your skill set, attitude and ability meets Form3’s requirements we will recruit you regardless of gender.
Do more to promote roles, think about the language we use, the advertising we do, the networks we market ourselves in and be as inclusive as possible
Explore all opportunities and think outside the box, get multiple opinions from people who know you well and who have a varied/ successful career that inspires you.
Know that things are not always as they seem, be strong in who you are and strive to be the best.
Explore Tech and the roles available