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How to succeed in tech
I started my tech career back in 1996. I spent the first ten years working for different local startups and small businesses before I decided to cofound Spring, the leading web and mobile development consultancy.
I started as an MS Access programmer before moving into quality assurance and then on to project and product management. Over those ten years, my first bosses were two brilliant women, followed by a few brilliant men who have all played their part in shaping and advancing my career. I consider myself to be lucky to have had the chance to work with such great minds and personalities as I had back as the late 90s and early 2000s.
Despite having several female leaders and pioneers in the Tech industry in Jordan, women still face many obstacles in landing or growing their tech careers. Sexism is strong in Arab societies. In the heavily male-dominated tech sector, as a woman, you will most probably have second-class employee status, get paid less, lose a promotion to a male colleague, or become stuck in a role your managers feel is most comfortable to them. You will be told what you can and cannot do. It sometimes feels like the world wants to limit your choices: so what should you do to overcome this?
Below are a few tips that I believe should help women in the tech industry:
Happy geeking everyone!
Razan Khatib is a technologist, product strategist & tech entrepreneur. At the intersection between technology, values and culture. Co-founder of @springweb