Despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Southeast Asia is still going through its golden era when it comes to the growth of its tech sector and some of the coolest companies and start-ups are innovating and creating products and services that will help improve the livelihoods of millions across the region.
Women are poised to play a significant role in the technological transformation of the region, but currently there are too few of them in this transformative sector. As the founder of half the sky, I had close to zero tech knowledge when I first started and i'm not afraid to admit I didnt know, the diffeence between my frontend or backend languages.
Working as a woman in tech can have its challenges, especially since a large part of the industry is still significantly male-dominated.
Though women make up slightly less than half (50%) of all workers, in South East Asia, according to recent figures from the World Economic Forum, in 2018, women comprised only 25 per cent of people working in computing, with Asian women making up a mere 5 per cent of this number.
Research has also found that female professionals are also underrepresented in engineering (14%), computing (25%) and physical science (39%).
Though there is much more work to be done in the realm of diversity in tech, female professionals in the industry have shown excellence and a desire to innovate and build the products that will transform our lives.
If you’re one of those tech leaders, or intrigued to break into the fast-growing sector check out these tips that will help you stand out and thrive at work:
- Upsell your skills when necessary.
- Seize the opportunity when presented
- Own your achievements
- Never settle for less.
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