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Perficient WIT Group Shares Advice for Women Taking a Job in Technology

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Perficient Colleagues Share How to Build a Successful Career in Technology

We recently asked the Women in Tech group at Perficient what advice they would give for a woman hoping to build a career in the technology industry and their thoughtful advice was both inspirational and actionable. 

Demonstrate Expertise

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Laura Kenny, talent acquisition coordinator

The biggest theme, having confidence in your skillset, is something we continually work to foster, encourage, and celebrate in our employees. Hiral Shah, lead technical consultant, recently shared her thoughts on advocating for your work with BuiltIn Boston and Laura Kenny, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, wrote about in the article How Perficient Employees Slay Impostor Syndrome, a topic that everyone has the potential to experience.

Find Your Support System

Another takeaway is to spend time developing relationships with mentors or people who can help you succeed. It’s a good reminder that you’re not expected to do it alone, nor is that how our global company is built. Collaboration is even one of our Values and it’s the driver behind the innovation we deliver for our clients

Be Proactive

With different cross-company ways to engage (and more coming all the time!) through things like social events, training, and philanthropic activities, we try to create a culture with a little something for everyone.

But, as you’ll see in the advice below, the fastest way to career success is to pave your own way, a unique opportunity Perficient offers. Our size makes us a formidable force in the industry while still flexible enough to adapt — also a key driver of our successful navigation of COVID-19

READ MORE: Perficient’s Agile Culture is Remote-Ready and Thriving

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Perficient WIT Group Shares Advice for Women Taking a Job in Technology

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The WIT Expansion Committee meets virtually each month to plan programming and engagement opportunities.

Work With Smart Female Leaders 

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Surabhi Nigam, senior technical consultant

“A lot of women shy away from technology because they think they don’t have a strong technical background. I believe if you are curious about technology, have good analytical skills and a spark to achieve your goals there is no stopping you. Perficient’s Lafayette Delivery Center is led by a charismatic woman as general manager, MaryBeth Ostasz, and fifty percent of our directors are women. They are strong role models for everyone to look up to. There is no glass ceiling here.” — Surabhi Nigam, senior technical consultant

No Coding Necessary

“You don’t need to have a deep technical background, an interest in learning coding, or math/engineering background. There are plenty of opportunities that need user experience or design thinking, that leverage skills in other careers and backgrounds.” — Amy Meyers, change management program specialist

You Were Hired for a Reason

“Be confident in your abilities. You were hired here (or wherever you are) because of your experience and what you bring to the table. Sometimes it is difficult to remember that.” — Elisha Goldman, project manager

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Share Your Ideas

“Trust your instincts and don’t shy away from sharing your ideas.” — Melanie Hoffman, managing director

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Lisa Sherwood, senior agency manager

Set Expectations Appropriately

“Don’t say yes if you can’t deliver. It’s easier to say yes – and especially when we’re starting out and trying to fit in, it can feel like the right thing to do. But if you have too many other obligations, are too unclear about how to proceed, or have other barriers to accomplishing what you promise, set expectations appropriately and make sure your yes means something.” — Lisa Sherwood, senior agency manager

Identify Supportive Cultures

“There’s sometimes a negative stigma about women working in technology, but there are spaces you can work comfortably and be welcomed as a professional and as an equal.  Perficient is one of those places.  The Lafayette Delivery Center has been warm and welcoming and has recognized my hard work and efforts regardless of my gender.” — Sara Roberts, associate technical consultant

KEEP READING: Perficient Continues Investment in Employee Culture with New Vice President of People

Maintain Your Skills — and Use Them!

“Keep your skills up-to-date and be willing to take on internal projects and assist others. Keep your billable hours up.” — Amy Smith, senior project manager

Words Matter. Speak Up!

“Speak up. If an idea or question is on your mind, it’s important enough to say it out loud. You might be surprised how far it can get you.” — Kate Feltman, solutions architect

Growth and Comfort Do Not Coexist

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Juliet Silver, Chief Strategist, Healthcare

Juliet Silver, Chief Strategist and general manager, shared a quote from Ginni Rometty, previous chairman, president, and CEO of IBM and the first woman to run the company, “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

READ MORE: Perficient Celebrates Women in Technology – Perficient Blogs

Three Tips for Working with a Mentor

Build Your Network to Find Success

“Put effort into Networking. People in the technology space tend to stay in the technology space even as they move around to different companies, so it is critical to engage with your network often. Technology changes quickly and networking will also open you up to more learning opportunities.” — Liz Stuart, alliance director

BONUS: See Perficient’s Liz Stuart and Lynn Brading named as CRN Women of the Channel

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Lisa Hunter, national sales director

Be Active

“My tip, also related to networking: Actively seek out mentors and sponsors rather than waiting for leaders to reach out to you. Having a woman in that cohort to share experience with you is critical.” — Lisa Hunter, national sales director

Speak Up and Ask for Help

“Seek out mentors and let them know your aspirations. People want to help other people, it’s human nature. Ask for help, guidance, and feedback and you will receive it.” Liza Sisler, director


READY TO GROW YOUR CAREER?

At Perficient, we continually look for ways to champion and challenge our talented workforce with interesting projects for high-profile clients, encourage personal and professional growth through training and mentoring, and celebrate our people-oriented culture and the innovative ways they serve Perficient and the community.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at Perficient at our Careers page. See open jobs or join our community for career tips, job openings, company updates, and more!

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About the Author

Marisa Lather is the Employment Branding Marketing Manager at Perficient and is proudly dedicated to developing the Perficient culture. Known as @MarketerMarisa, she is a data-driven design thinker who specializes in creating aesthetic brand experiences that delight. With an inbound marketing specialization in multimedia content creation and engagement, she develops and executes omnichannel campaigns, blending online and offline worlds to create data-informed content and affinity-building experiences for brands. She is actively engaged in the national marketing community, blogs about modern business, personal development, marketing and more at www.MarketerMarisa.com, and speaks at conferences about around the country. Connect with Marisa on LinkedIn and follow @MarketerMarisa on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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