At License Dashboard we are, and always have been passionate about creating and maintaining a diverse place of work. One of our employees has been working with the Women in Technology Community by building a space where women can support each other, share advice and work to narrow the gender gap.
We asked some esteemed women within the IT industry to tell us a bit about their experiences within the workplace, here’s what Nicola Adams from Phoenix Software had to say:
When did you first start in the IT industry and what drew you to it?
I started out in IT in 2011 I was hired as an IT procurement officer at the NHS however within a few months I was lucky enough to have been offered the chance to learn about software licensing and take a lead role managing and maintain software and hardware assets. I had no knowledge at this point so jumped at the chance to learn something new and become part of the journey the team were taking on implementing a new tool, organizing their assets and sharing knowledge throughout the team to improve not only internally but improve the service we gave to our customers.
As a woman, have you faced any challenges within working environments?
I have been very lucky not to have faced challenges as a woman within working environments.
What’s the biggest lesson you have learnt as a woman in technology?
Being a woman within the IT industry is liberating – showing that I am just as capable and knowledgeable I have the right to be here, setting an example for my nieces showing that gender does not matter if you want it you can achieve it.
Being a woman within the IT industry is liberating.
What is your favourite part of working in the IT industry?
The industry is forever growing and changing with this bring the opportunity to grow as a professional. I adore my job being part of a journey both with the organisation and a customer. The IT industry gives me an opportunity to be me and I’m extremely happy and proud to be part of it.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to women starting out in the IT industry?
Do not let being a woman stop you. Something has led you to IT, you’re in IT for a reason, embrace it and most of all believe in yourself. Be yourself, let your knowledge shine and always look for more to learn. Keep calm & Remain true to you ?
Something has led you to IT, you’re in IT for a reason, embrace it and most of all believe in yourself.
License Dashboard’s spotlight on Women in Technology
Keep an eye out for the next post in our Women in Technology series and if you would like to take part, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.