Advice from Women in Technology

There is so much to be gained from a world that celebrates and values difference. Whether that be gender or any other form of diversity. Diversity is, after all, the thread we share in common.

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength” – Maya Angelou.

There is also strength in the women we call colleagues, friends and family. So often, we hear of the challenge to #BreakTheBias. To see women spearhead boardroom meetings, create gender-equal workplaces and make inclusivity not a side thought but a seamless part of how things are done. 

Gender, of course, is only one part of this conversation. Ethnicity, culture, sexuality, economic status – all of this needs a seat at the table. At Cupid, our stance is simple, people are our biggest asset, and everyone is welcome here.

This International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the women at Cupid Media and share their advice as women who have forged profound careers in technology. From IT to design, marketing and customer service – they collectively represent over 80 years of experience in the tech space. 

This is their advice to every professional:
  1. Follow your passion and do something that makes you happy and fulfilled. You’re always going to have challenges, and it will always come back to what you do to overcome and learn from them. That is what will determine how you progress in your career. 
  2. Treat your work like royalty and have side projects as your best friends. They both compliment each other, and it keeps you motivated.
  3. Never forget we are all empowered.
  4. Respect and treat colleagues equally with no bias to gender or race. Support each other, always. Crab mentality or tall poppy syndrome is toxic. 
  5. Be patient. Enjoy the journey.
  6. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new, acquire new skills and to be the best version of yourself. 
  7.  Have a creative process that works for you and motivates you to do what you are good at. 
  8. …keep learning…
  9. Trust your gut.
  10. Never be afraid to ask more questions.
  11. Be confident in your abilities and believe in yourself. Never Give up!
  12. Follow your passion and if you do not have a passion, it is totally okay to explore as many things as you can.
  13. Find a mentor.

As much as International Women’s Day puts a spotlight on creating a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, it should never be only on March 8th. With that in mind, what steps can you take to create a more inclusive, diversely celebrated and equal world? That is where change begins.