Forget about the stereotypes

Ruby Kolesky & Laura-Jane Booker
Ruby Kolesky & Laura-Jane Booker

5: Forget about the stereotypes

Unfortunately, many people still have outdated perceptions that software technology roles are meant exclusively for males. Or that roles in technical industries are better suited to men than women.

People tend to picture a geeky guy, sitting alone in the middle of the night behind his computer. Perhaps he looks a bit like Mark Zuckerberg. Sadly, so many people assume that’s what all software people look like.

This is completely inaccurate!

It is true that there’s still work to be done in this regard. However, within the technology sector, we have long since moved away from this stereotype. We just need the rest of the world to catch-up and join us!

You may also think you need a background in tech, a strong technical vocabulary or be good at math. Although this helps, it’s not necessary to succeed. Like many roles, you’ll learn most of what you need to know on the job.

Rather than try to convince you of all this, several women working at Joyous have chosen to share their story with you. Each started out in a different industry only to shift into a role in technology later on.

We hope that you might identify with some of these stories, and see yourself in us.

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Pathways is designed to help women, Māori, and Pasifika people into a paid software technology role in six months to a year - without needing a degree first.