Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators by Susanne Tedrick
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 18 yrs +, 288 pages
Genre: Business, Careers, Technology
Publisher: Wiley | Release date: April, 2020
Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020 | Content Rating: PG.
Tech industry jobs are growing fast, offering great pay, career growth and learning opportunities. Women of color, sadly, have not been able to fully participate in this boom. There are many misconceptions about the tech industry. Misconceptions can often discourage women of color from pursuing or remaining in technical careers. For example, misconceptions like “tech careers are all about coding ”or “there’s no diversity in tech.”
In reality, tech career opportunities can be diverse, fun, and incredibly dynamic. While there are barriers to overcome, Women of Color in Tech is an indispensable resource for building a rewarding future in tech. Packed with inspiring stories and practical advice, this book shows you how to uncover the resources you need to succeed.
This practical guide will help you develop the blend of knowledge and skills needed for getting into tech—and staying there. Author Susanne Tedrick understands that, for a variety of reasons, young women of color are underrepresented in tech and may not have access to strong support networks or resources to be successful. Using her own experiences transitioning into tech, Susanne offers you real-world guidance on finding knowledgeable mentors, learning the latest industry trends, cultivating strong relationships and more.
If you’re thinking about going into tech, or you want to take your current career to the next level, Women of Color in Tech will help you build a blueprint for a successful career.
• Understand the reality of tech today, not misconceptions.
• Learn about the different tech jobs and opportunities that exist, not just coding.
• Gain an understanding of emerging technology areas that will affect jobs, like artificial intelligence, Blockchain and cloud computing.
• Discover traditional and non-traditional education option to get the skills you need.
• Find mentors, build your professional network and get the guidance you need.
• Stay motivated and deal with difficult situations.
• Recognize the importance of giving back to increase diversity and inclusion.
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The Diversity of Tech Jobs By Susanne Tedrick
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology jobs are expected to add an additional 546,200 jobs by 2028, faster than the average for all occupations that they track. As society and businesses become more and more reliant on technology, this growth will continue as a break-neck pace, giving way to job opportunities that present high wages, professional development and market competitiveness.
Most think that tech jobs are primarily in software engineering and development, cyber security or IT systems administration – all outstanding job opportunities in themselves. But if you’re not interested in coding for hours on end, or applying security patches or monitoring computer networks, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for you in the tech world.
For example, if you are someone that has a strong interest in graphic design or art, designing websites might be for you. If enjoy learning how humans interact with the hardware and software that they use, and find ways to make their experiences better, you may enjoy a career in user interface or user experience design. Data science careers allow you to share and visualize important insights through critical data analysis, while tech product and project management positions allow you to utilize business, communication and technical skills to either successfully bring a new product to market or complete a project to a successful close. The opportunities are diverse and endless; newer job fields will emerge as technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and cloud computing continue to evolve.
Also, the FAANG companies (or Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) are not the only companies that are looking for tech talent. Companies in diverse industries like Bank of America, Nike and The New York Times are constantly hiring for tech talent, in addition to local, state and federal governments.
There’s no limit to tech of for the number of opportunities that are out there – we only need to “expand our pie” of what a tech career can look like.
Meet the Author:
Susanne Tedrick is a technical specialist for a Fortune 50 technology company. Fiercely committed to increasing participation of women and people of color in STEM educational and professional opportunities, she is a career mentor for the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Initiative and a volunteer workshop technical assistant for Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that empowers girls of color to develop in-demand IT skills and prepare for careers in tech. Susanne was awarded the 2018 CompTIA AITP Rising Star of the Year Award, and nominated for the 2019 CompTIA Advancing Women in Technology Mentorship Guide Award, for her dedication to advancing her career and that of others. Views expressed are those of author Susanne Tedrick and are not endorsed by any of her current or former employers.
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