I was recently approached by a friend of mine about writing an article describing my career in tech for a new campaign that she was putting together, My Tech Story for The Tech Partnership. This is a great initiate aiming to encourage and interest people in the careers and opportunities available in the technology industry, and part of this is through sharing the stories and experiences of a variety of people already working or studying in the industry.
As my career route hasn’t exactly been the most commonplace one, she thought that my story would provide an interesting alternative to some of the standard stories that you might hear out there. As I believe it’s important to encourage young people, especially women, to consider a career in tech, I readily agreed, and you can read my story here: My Tech Story took me to Auckland as a software developer.
I have to admit to being a little nervous about this article though, to the point where I emailed a friend of mine asking for her opinion on it and whether she thought it was a good idea for me to blog about it or not. Luckily she told me to stop being ridiculous as it was great and immediately tweeted the link. Thanks Lorna :-).
Why did I ask though?
Well that’s the hard question. I guess that for the most part I avoid talking about how I got to where I am today unless I know the person I’m talking to or I’m in a social setting where the information is unlikely to leave the room. It’s not really a conscious decision as such, I’d just rather not talk about it. Why? The only answer I’ve got is everyone’s favourite friend, Imposter Syndrome. For some reason, despite knowing that I’m really good at what I do, an opinion backed up by all the feedback my current and past employers have given me, there’s always that little voice in the back of my mind reiterating to me “You have no idea what you’re doing, and one day they are all going to realise”.
Making my lack of teenage hacking skills public feels a bit like feeding that inner troll, so I’ve avoided it until now. But probably what I should be doing is embracing my own unique strengths and reiterating this more positive message to myself.
So take a read of my story, let me know what you think, and consider submitting your own story too.