Category: Careers

How to Drive Diversity and Inclusivity in Tech

In my more than three decades working in the software industry, I’ve had the privilege of watching an industry transform. From the dot-com boom to the rise of cloud computing, major evolutions in technology have had a meaningful impact on our lives, both at work and at home.

What’s equally important, though less visible day to day, is how the tech industry is changing behind the scenes, and that includes in the area of diversity and inclusion. As a woman in tech, I can say we’ve made great strides the last few decades as it relates to D&I, but we still have a long way to go.

In what was formerly a male-dominated industry, women now make up 53% of initial hires. Despite this progress, according to a recent study from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women in tech are abandoning their careers at a steep rate. Today, more than half of women (56%) leave tech at the “midlevel” point – twice the exit rate for men. And many of them aren’t leaving for other interests or to build a family. In fact, the vast majority of women who leave tech careers (80%) report staying in the workforce, and half continue to use their technical skills elsewhere, suggesting culture and opportunity are driving departure.

In fact, women ages 25 to 34, a group reporting “greater dissatisfaction” with tech career prospects, specifically point to unsupportive work environments and a lack of inspiring role models as barriers to their workplace satisfaction. This is a huge obstacle not only for individual companies, but also for the larger tech industry and its desire for holistic innovation that appeals to all kinds of people.

While diversity in tech goes far beyond gender, these stats reveal areas for improvement as we look


4 Ways to Find the Perfect Remote Job

If you’re on the hunt to find a remote job in your field, you’re not the only one. In recent years, more people are choosing to ditch their 9-to-5’s in favor of working from home.

A study by Harvard Business Review found that working from home boosts productivity by eliminating distractions. On top of that, it saves money on a commute, gives you more time to spend with loved ones, and creates a better work-life balance, among other things. However, finding the right remote opportunity is a different story. If you don’t know what to look for or how to search properly, it’ll be difficult to land the job you want. Around 36% of employees prefer flexibility over a pay raise, proving these types of jobs highly sought after.

When searching for a remote postion you have to: 

  • Decide if the lifestyle is right for you

  • Tailor each resume to the job listing

  • Consolidate a portfolio that highlights your skills

  • Search in the right places

Here are more details on each item to help ensure you land a remote position that is a good fit.

1. Assess if remote work is right for you

Working from home sounds like a dream, but when put into practice, it becomes clear it’s not for everyone. Some people perform with more efficiency if they have a structure put in place by someone else. Others work better when they complete tasks on their own terms without anyone telling them to. It depends on what works best for you personally.

Before beginning your remote job search lay out the pros and cons. If this is something you’ve done before, this step isn’t as necessary. However, if this is your first endeavor into the telecommuting world, it’s best to assess if the change is right for