As a leader in tech, a mother and a goal-oriented woman, my journey has seen me change roles while striking a balance between my personal and career ambitions.
I’ve progressively changed positions and roles every three to four years since my professional career began 17 years ago, while at the same time raising two kids. This is a common challenge for women - succeeding in a career while managing the needs and expectations placed on them as mothers and spouses. Societal norms in respect of women are deeply entrenched. They are expected to be homemakers, raise children, and manage the needs of their own and their extended families.
There must be a balance between the two to ensure that, as women, we can reach our full potential, remain future-ready and succeed in all facets of our lives. While we see constant progress, with more women taking up leading management and business roles, it's on us as women to ensure that when an opportunity arises, we are ready to take it on. If there is no opportunity, we need to make our own.
For me, one of the contributors to finding a balance and advancing as a woman in tech has been utilizing a personal development plan. This has assisted me in negotiating my aspirations while being a mom and keeping focused on my goals - at home and at the office.
Personal development as a woman in tech
For anyone working in tech, personal development is key, for continually advancing our knowledge and skills. Technology is constantly evolving, and self-development is a must in our field to progress and remain relevant. As a woman, the difficulty is finding the time to upskill and focus while managing everything that is expected of us. This is where the plan comes in. Once you have mastered a skill or role, you have to look at what or where next.