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Madgex – Sue O’Neil, Managing Director, North America

We interviewed Sue O’Neil, Managing Director, North America at Madgex on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.

  1. What does your job role involve?

Managing the regional operation, team and clients for a recruitment software company.

 

  1. What made you choose a career in technology?

There are always so many new things to learn and problem solve, everyday!    Coming up with technical solutions is like figuring out how complex puzzle pieces fit together and when you make them fit, it’s a very rewarding feeling!

 

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

No

 

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

Yes

 

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

Yes

 

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

Yes, at least in a development or deep tech role (coding, tech support, databases, network ops, etc.)  You’ll often find more women in the client service and project management type of roles.

 

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

Introducing technical skills / classes earlier and more frequently.  Showing that learning technology doesn’t need to be so overwhelming or unattainable.  Knowing how they can apply their skills and interests in a technology related field.  Before I went to university, technology was never promoted as an option or seemed like a black box/beyond the scope of what I could do.   Perhaps teaching methods need to change – I was top of my class in a high-school basic coding class, but there was only 1 class and no path or resources shared to pursue anything further (this was the early 90’s!)

 

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

There is little to no awareness or upskilling starting in the early part of their school journey.  I see this even today in my children’s schooling.  The education system seems behind the times as it relates to technology and seems to be ok with / accept being behind.

 

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

Introducing technical opportunities to women in non-technical roles.  That’s how I started and am so glad I did! Also, promoting it in schools & with classes at earlier ages.