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7 Tips for Women in Tech to Stand Out

26 Feb , 2015  

Michael Choi, founder and chief instructor of Coding Dojo, a coding bootcamp in Seattle and San Francisco, wrote a commentary for Fortune with tips for women in tech to break through the male-dominated programming and developing fields. In writing about the tech gender gap, Choi noted:

As Googlerecently revealed, women make up only 17% of the company’s technical workforce. At Facebook… , it’s 15%. And while women make up 57% of U.S. college students, they earn only 18% of computer science degrees.

Choi sees the light at the end of the tunnel, however, and believes tech companies are making strides to close the tech gender gap.

You can read Choi’s seven tips to break into the tech industry at Fortune’s website, but here are a few of Code Berkeley’s favorites:

  1. “Seek out mentors”: As the recent Newsweek article about women in tech pointed out, the “lack of available advisers” was a critical challenge to female entrepreneurship. Mentors play a vital role. Find them.
  2. “Don’t be a brogrammer”: Embrace the fact that you are different from your male counterparts. There is a reason you were hired; bring what you have to offer to the forefront.
  3. “Find a company culture that’s right for you”: Just as “location, location, location” are the three most important words in real estate, company culture is equally important in the tech world. Find out as much as you can about a company’s culture in job interviews before you commit. If things aren’t working out after you commit, see if company culture is a culprit.

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