This year the Women in Tech Excellence Awards will be special. Women across the industry brought out the best in how women in the tech sector responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in an era when many had to balance homes and families. Not only appreciates, but also brings out a wonderful story. Life.
MarXtar’s UK UEM Service Manager and two-class finalist Diane Holden (Selected Stock of the Year: SMEs When Team Leader of the Year: SME), about her history in IT and the advice she shares with newcomers.
Computing: Why Support? computing”Women in Tech Excellence campaign?
Diane Holden: Since women are underrepresented in IT, the award helps to raise awareness in the industry as a good career option for women and also introduces some of the best women who are currently dominating the sector. I am really honored that two of these awards have been selected as finalists. I hope by participating I can encourage another girl to consider IT as a career.
CTG: How did you get into the IT industry?
DH: I loved IT since school. Because I was not good at spelling, but I could understand computer language.
I didn’t own much when I was growing up, but I did get a used Commodore 64. It’s a beige Commodore 64 that has a tape drive with a broken lid. I copied the page and the code page to find the full stop I missed. In the end it wasn’t exciting at all, but I loved Commodore. It was like opening a whole new world and turning off the bulbs. And I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Early in her career, it was clear that there were few technical women in the workplace. Throughout my career, I had to work hard to be taken seriously, but it made me more determined. I worked for a company that said I wouldn’t be bullied and taken seriously by my manager, but I tried my best for it. I have always worked hard to do better and work hard to achieve my potential to support my career. As a woman, I am very proud to hold a very senior position in the company. Not just because I am a woman, but because I am very good at my job.
CTG: Do you think the main reasons for being predominantly male in the IT industry are specifically technical roles and senior positions?
DH: The IT industry is still predominantly male as it is facing western stigma and hence facing an uphill battle to enter the industry. From schools where IT is not considered a truly “female” career option, to access to training and establishing a position in a male-dominated environment.
CTG: What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your career?
DH: Treat others the way I want to be treated, and everyone in business is equal at any level. I experienced a bad manager and learned more about the type of people I don’t want to be. It helped me to be stronger, more confident, and to treat people with the right respect.
CTG: What advice would you give to young women who want to demonstrate leadership?
Here are my best tips:
find a consultant: Talk to someone whose role interests you and ask a question. IT is still predominantly male, but it’s not a problem if you’re willing to work hard.
believe in yourself: The driving force behind my career strategy is not to let anyone tell me I can’t do anything. There is no difference in what women and men can do with IT.
My last and main advice is just Du It!! Experiment with different areas to see what works best. I have worked as a support, programming, server engineer, consultant, and now a technical and human resources manager. Personally, I love the technical side, but experiencing other roles has deepened my understanding of IT.
Computing recently hosted the Cloud Excellence Awards 2021, the first physical event in nearly two years. Click here to view the winners or click here to view photos from the evening.