Session: Breaking barriers and the power of mentoring
Who am I and what is my brand? This is a question we should ask ourselves. Having not come from a technical background, I was apprehensive to apply initially. However, my experience has shown you can succeed and break barriers with patience and perseverance. How do we overcome that stereotype that tech is a man's profession? Women represent only 17% of the technology workforce, despite representing 47% of the UK workforce. Targeted interventions such as mentoring and getting your profile out there are required to bring about change. There's always someone else coming up behind you who needs guidance and can benefit from your wisdom. If you've only been in the industry for a couple of years, you might think you don't have the experience to mentor effectively. But you might be really good at it, precisely because you are new: you'll remember things that more established people will have long forgotten, plus you can always learn what has been passed down to you. Programs aimed at support, retention, community and progression makes tangible leaps to gender parity. Being a mentee, and a mentor, I recognise the role I play in creating a step-change in the wider industry, yes ‘little’ me.
- Mentoring made easy
- People skills will never become automated
- Power of profile
After gaining experience in PR in Paris, agriculture in Germany and Africa, international relations in the UK and technology at KPMG UK and now in Belgium, I have cultivated a diverse skill set that is applicable to the deliverables expected to be a strong female technology advisor.
Throughout my time at KPMG I’ve consistently been looking for ways to help as much as I can with the progression of my role in the IT Risk team, as well as challenge myself and take on opportunities outside of my job role. This curiosity and desire to broaden my network has led me to be a guest speaker on multiple technology panels, become an UpReach mentor and be selected as a member of KPMG’s Next Generation Council and Board of Young Professionals.
Despite my non-technical background out of University, this has not held me back from becoming a strong female assistant manager within Technology.