Survival guide for women in IT

Working in the IT industry today is hard, but it is even harder if you are a woman. There is still lots of “old school thinking" that women face daily. This talk is a survival guide based on real-life stories and different challenges from women of different ages, cultural backgrounds and roles in the Australian IT industry.
 
Like any survival guide, this one provides you with the essential information to help you identify and overcome the most frequently encountered hazards. Each chapter contains useful tips, instructions and practical advice on a particular issue so you can implement the skills and techniques even under the most stressful circumstances. From the hiring process to promotions and corporate events, you'll have the tools to survive.
 
You will learn these skills and more:
  • Assess your situation and prioritize your needs;
  • Surviving techniques for the hiring process;
  • Assemble your own custom emergency kit with essentials tools;
  • Manage extreme work conditions and overtime;
  • Survive corporate parties and drinks;
  • Build trust network and create allies; 
  • Identify your enemies and their habits.
Preparation is the key. If you are starting your career in IT or navigating through it - this guide is for you.
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction (2 minutes)
Quiz for the audience about diversity in IT industry (2 minutes)
Survival guide by following chapters: (14 minutes)
  • Surviving techniques for the hiring process;
  • Working in a team, everyday hazards;
  • Build your trust network, create allies;
  • Attack and defense strategies during meetings
  • Surviving corporate parties and drinks;
Conclusion and final thoughts (2 minutes)
 

Learning Outcome

The audience will learn that workplace challenges do exist for women, particularly as software engineers,in many forms. Women need to learn how to not just survive, but thrive in these conditions. They have to speak up to make their situation better. Men in the audience have a critical role to play in identifying and calling out inappropriate behaviors. 

Target Audience

Women that work in IT, especially software engineers

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  • Gabor Devenyi
    By Gabor Devenyi  ~  2 months ago
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    I like this submission, I think we need to hear your story (especially the "Surviving corporate parties and drinks" part :-)). I also like that it is "based on real-life stories".


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