On a daily basis women in tech can be in an environment that is filled with direct or hidden biases. The direct ones are easy, though painful to notice. The indirect ones can reach the soul of even the women who steel themselves for it.
It’s not easy to acknowledge that this continues and that it is a part of your career. So how do women in tech stay focused and not let these biases negatively influence you?
Take a step a step back and look at a bigger picture of your career. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? I’m not at all suggesting that you lock yourself into a career trajectory. But I am suggesting that women in tech look at the bigger picture and think in terms of roles as opposed to specific functions.
I would suggest that you spend an afternoon really thinking about and mapping out different future scenarios in regards to roles that you may want to pursue.
I’ve spoke to several women in tech recently who have realized that they have far bigger opportunities that they had originally been thinking. Some realized that writing and speaking were really where they wanted to utilize their talents. Others realized that there were a number of related vertical paths that they wanted to pursue.
Additionally, they looked at their lives and really gave some thought to the kind of lifestyle that made them happy. Really happy and how they could incorporate that into both their now and future.
The funny part is that when we are also focused building that life that is happy in the now work seems to go right along with it. You give yourself a break and stop taking yourself so seriously. You say no to the things that don’t excite you and yes to the things that do.
Sounds a bit obvious. Well women in tech, my Sunday Challenge to you is this:
- Give yourself an afternoon to begin creating your future vision.
- Tomorrow – give your real answers say no and yes only to what you want to do.
Lets’ review in a couple of days.