Flux women talk tech

October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day - an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM industries. We asked some of the women who make Flux so successful to share why they love working in tech (and how to get ahead).

Flux women talk tech

October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day - an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM industries. We asked some of the women who make Flux so successful to share why they love working in tech (and how to get ahead).

October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day - an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM industries. We asked some of the women who make Flux so successful to share why they love working in tech (and how to get ahead).

I CAN DRIVE CHANGE
“I love working in tech because it evolves fast; I never have two days the same. It also enables lots of innovation and positive changes at lower cost and faster speed, but with greater impact as it can reach a wider audience easily.” Sherry Shi, Product Analyst

I CAN MAKE THINGS AND SOLVE PROBLEMS
“To work in tech is to be a thing-maker and a puzzle-solver. Every day I get to turn up to work and meet another thing to make or puzzle to solve, and I have a whole team to back me up as we take the puzzle apart and build it again - and better than ever.” Brooke Meleah, Junior Software Developer

I CAN HELP OTHERS
“I love that in tech, I work to solve people’s problems. I have the ability to impact many people’s lives, hopefully for the better. The definition of engineering is problem solving and with technology you can scale to reach more people.” Ashlyn Baum, Product Manager

I CAN CHASE OPPORTUNITIES
“I get a thrill every time I find a solution to a problem. And an extra big thrill if the solution is elegant and intelligent. Being in tech gives me lots of thrilling opportunities.” Leslie Kemp, Software Developer

I CAN BE PART OF A TEAM
“I love the team work that comes with working in tech. Together we get to build things that solve real problems for people.” Caroline Little, Product Owner

I CAN REFLECT DIVERSITY
“As a B2B marketer working in STEM, I was reflecting recently about our target market - men in suits - and how this shapes our brand, content and design work. It's all very stereotypical, but the important thing is, it's changing! I'm proud to have worked for a couple of energy companies co-led by some kick-arse women, and I'm excited to reflect increasing diversity in my work as the demographic make-up of our target market changes.” Anita Watson, Content Marketing Manager

I HAVE BROAD HORIZONS
“I love working in tech because it’s such a universal concept. Almost everything has a connection with technology. Working in tech has allowed me to work on things that I’ve never explored before, with the flexibility of working remotely.” Ann Marinas, Senior Developer

I HAVE SO MANY CHANCES TO LEARN
“There are endless learning opportunities. You can be working on solving very complex problems either through collaborating with others or having time out on your own to come up with ideas to share. You simply never stop learning because technology evolves and changes over time. Keeping up with that is a journey and a pleasure.” Sarone Thomson, Product Manager

I’M SUPER EMPLOYABLE
“Studying computer science wasn’t a popular option for girls when I was growing up in Latvia. I remember some raised eyebrows in the first few years of my career when trying to explain what I do in IT, but I feel like it has changed so much since then. Since I graduated at 20 I’ve been able to find jobs in four different countries - I think that’s one of the main things I love about working in tech.” Aija Zvidrina, Team Lead

HOW TO GROW AND DEVELOP YOUR TECH CAREER

  1. BE YOURSELF 
    “Be the best person you can, be true to yourself and try not to fit in the box. I think it’s important to be yourself on day one. Once you set the baseline, you don’t get to set it again”.
    Dawn Ngaamo, Programme Director

  2. EMBRACE CHANGE
    “Keep open-minded. It’s good to continuously upskill but also regularly review how you feel about the current situation, role or job. Think about where you want to see yourself in a short to longer timeframe so you can  proactively steer your self-development and keep on your own track. Changes don’t have to be scary and negative, instead they can serve exciting opportunities when you’re prepared.” Sherry Shi, Product Analyst

  3. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
    “The current atmosphere of tech jobs still runs toward the “bro” end of the spectrum. Watch out for companies that skew their job listings, interviews, and evaluations towards a “type” of person (confident, driven, outspoken) or indirectly encourage poor work/life balance.” 
    Leslie Kemp, Software Developer

  4. KNOW YOUR WHY
    “Understanding what motivates me personally has really helped me when I'm faced with big decisions in my career - these decisions become easy when I've identified what's important to me.” Caroline Little, Product Owner

  5. BOOST YOUR MATHS
    “Study maths, the more maths the better.” Ashlyn Baum, Product Manager

  6. JUST DO IT
    “Software development (and ‘tech’ as a whole) isn’t just some hacker man sitting alone in the dark. In fact, there’s a wide network of people out there that are keen to hear your unique take on the puzzles and problems that we encounter. This is a space where you never stop learning - whether it is learning your craft, or learning from the people around you. If you have that desire to learn, this is the space for you regardless of skill level, background, or education.” Brooke Meleah, Junior Software Developer

  7. BACK YOURSELF
    “When you have confidence, people will feed off that.” Dawn Ngaamo, Programme Director

  8. SHOW UP AND DO THE WORK
    “No person is smarter or better at maths, science, or engineering. The people who are good at it show up to class and do their homework. They continue to work hard and practice - and they never stop learning.” Ashlyn Baum, Product Manager

  9. BE PATIENT
    “Continue pursuing working in technology. At first, it is quite tedious and confusing, but be patient with it. It reveals itself like good wine or a great puzzle once solved, and everything will fall into place.” Ann Marinas, Senior Developer.

  10. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE
    “Speaking as a parent of three; progress your career at a pace that suits you, not others. Prioritise progressing your life and all that it brings. This will broaden your own mindset that will feed into an amazing foundation for your professional career. As someone who progressed into tech leadership relatively late and repped New Zealand last year in a team sport, it truly never is too late.” Trisha Trainor, Development Director

     


 

At Flux, we’re proud to have a diverse and talented team who work remotely all over New Zealand. Want to join us? Check out our current vacancies here.

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