Onur Korucu works in a multinational professional services company and she helps organizations create robust, tailor-made, and well-established information and cyber security governance structures and data protection practices that mitigate the risks they face in their business and help them comply with the regulatory requirements.
Watch Onur's WTGC 2022 talk "Digital Protectors of the New Era: Cyber Insurance", and other inspiring sessions on our YouTube channel.
Especially for the WomenTech Network, Onur agreed to give an interview, and share her story and experience.
Tell us about your experience as a Women in Tech Global Conference 2022 speaker.
It was very motivating and inspiring for women who are experts in IT, technology, cyber security, data protection, information security, and many more fields from many geographical regions of the world to meet and share their experiences at a wonderful event.
In the session where I shared my experiences in the field of cyber insurance, the support of the participating women made me very happy, and it encouraged me about the roles of women in the future of the technology age.
I am sure that events such as Women in Tech, which aim to embrace large-scale and large numbers of women, will guide many young women and make them feel the power behind their genders.
As a female leader who continues her career in technology, I am proud to be a part of this event and be among the strong women working in technology.
What is your favorite thing about working in tech?
A huge draw for working in the tech industry is the work itself. If discovery, development, innovation, and research interest you, there is probably no better industry to be in.
The constantly changing atmosphere and always having the opportunity to learn something new and exciting.
Professionals in the tech sector are embedded in a culture of growth and advancement. A tech working environment allows new and inventive concepts to shape and develop.
Imagined science fiction movies have now become a part of our professional life. In this era, it is precious to follow the new digital evolution every day and participate. We continue to leave digital artifacts that shape the future as the technology revolution occurs. Our field may be software, IT audit, cyber security, or data protection; each different practice will be among the rising values of the future. For this reason, it is fun and proud to be a part of the technology sector.
What advice (and tips) would you give to women who want to start a tech career?
Regardless of gender, the technology sector needs people with different principles. It is becoming increasingly common for women to work in the technology field and rise as good managers daily. Many companies continue to emphasize their sensitive approach to gender equality. My advice to women who will start working in technology is to be brave.
Some women may feel reluctant to enter technology careers because they’re afraid they don’t have enough technical knowledge. However, having curiosity, not technological background, is the top reason one will succeed in careers like data science. Curiosity will inspire you to identify the problems and dig out the root causes. The biggest value data scientists have added to society is determining how to use “old” technologies to resolve “new” problems.
You can join different workshops and meetups of different industries on the weekends or on your free days and try out some small projects. You can discover which technology area fits you best. I encourage you to do the same before entering one technology area. Check out a list of upcoming IT and technology events.
Follow good companies and people instead of high salaries when looking for new job opportunities. Remember to look for and work for people you admire and respect when deciding where to work. Work for companies that have intelligent leaders and care about their employees.
Regardless of your chosen field, remember to never give up on your dreams and always keep a positive attitude. And no matter what roadblocks may come, women should never let anyone limit their potential.
Who would you recommend to join the WomenTech Network?
Women in technology must find an excellent mentor to be successful, which requires being proactive and committing to continuously learning from superiors and peers.
WomenTech Network is one of the world's largest communities for women in tech, with unique members and great ambassadors representing many countries. They empower tech women through leadership development, professional growth, mentorship, and networking events.
Everyone pursuing a career in technology can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Mentors can present different perspectives on career choices. They can also help you see the bigger picture, especially when unsure about your next career step.
I recommend them to join the fantastic WomenTech family for all experienced female technology leaders who want to reach more colleagues, share their knowledge, and help young women with their career steps.
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