"A career in ICT was never on my radar. I have a degree in English literature and planned to be a writer or musician. (My first job post-university was editing an opera magazine!) I was never into tech. But when I started my own desktop publishing business, the documentation for the software I was using was terrible, so I offered to write a “for Dummies” type book on how to use it. The book sold well, and I discovered I had a real skill for writing clear, effective, and user-focused content about technology. So, ICT isn’t just for people in STEM: tech organizations need graphic designers, writers (technical and marketing), product designers, and more. You can build a successful career from your more artsy background.
Things have changed a lot since I started in tech. Employees were very homogeneous: mainly white men. At one company I was one of only three women out of 40 employees. While I never felt unsafe in that environment, it was difficult to navigate. I wasn’t always heard or taken seriously, both because I was a woman and because of my role (not a developer). My suggestions were often brushed aside, only to be adopted later when a man suggested the same thing. I found that discouraging and frustrating, and I felt undervalued.
While tech is still male dominated, there is much more diversity, and that diversity means different perspectives, approaches, and attitudes. Having those voices, and more importantly hearing them makes for happier employees, better opportunities, and better technology. ICT needs you."