We interviewed Alice Binney, Cloud & Video Specialist Kinly on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.
It involves me supporting Kinly customers with their Cloud & Video strategy journey including Webex, Zoom & Pexip etc. A big part of this involves helping customers meet their ESG & sustainability goals and how they can be more environmentally friendly with smart building software. My day-to-day role allows me to support with onsite demonstrations, meetings & technology roadmap updates.
Being honest… – I was looking for a move out of the estate agency industry as I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me. I approached a recruitment agency who had an opportunity with a small AV integrator. They had worked with some huge customers which made the job appealing, and tech was also something I was curious to know more about.
I took IT at School, many years ago but moved away from this when I went to college to study a Business & Secretarial course.
No, I didn’t – I took a business Studies course at college
Yes absolutely – As part of my role I attend a lot of events and notice that there are very few other women and sometimes I am the only female in the room.
Yes – I do think that there is a perception that men are generally better at IT or technology than women, which is where we need to promote more opportunities for women!
Perhaps if the courses were taught by women or showcased more women in tech roles. You need to see others being successful in that environment to even consider if it might be the right fit for yourself.
i have to say I have never felt that anyone wouldn’t hire me because I’m female. I think if you can demonstrate you are good at something and right for the role, then anyone stands a good chance!
More training Sessions! When I first started in the AV industry, I never thought nearly 10 years later I would still love working there. I think IT & AV can be very daunting and is usually seen as a ‘man’s job’, but if there was more awareness of what this industry means and more training and support were available, it might make women more comfortable to get involved.
There are no restrictions to what you can and can’t do! I never thought that I would be in a position where I absolutely love my job and feel as confident as I do in the Tech industry. There are always challenges, but with the right support you can achieve anything.