Advocating for women in tech this International Women’s Day?

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Written by Emma Dockerill  Marketing Executive

08/03/2021

#ChooseToChallenge

Here at Bulletproof we’re proud to support International Women’s Day and this year’s #ChooseToChallenge campaign. Over 100 years since the first International Women’s Day, each year the day gives us an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and shape the future workplace by broadening the aspirations and horizons of young women everywhere.

The demand for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a key issue to us at Bulletproof. Only 3% of young women say a career in technology is their first choice, and so a change needs to come in order to tackle this unnecessary imbalance of women in tech.

The culture at Bulletproof is one that encourages inclusivity and celebrates diversity, and this starts at the top. Our CEO and Co-Founder, Oli Pinson-Roxburgh, has this to say about International Women’s Day’s #ChooseToChallenge campaign:

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“Gender barriers should be long be a thing of the past. We are constantly aiming to break barriers and work towards gender inclusivity within all areas of Bulletproof. We are great champions for the advancement of women in technology and hope that future generations can be inspired to enter such industries. The statistic that only 16% of female students, compared to 33% of males, had a career in technology suggested to them is bewildering. Women have just as much the ability to perform in tech as men and we will forever advocate for this equality. Just as technology continually evolves, we need to support and encourage positive changes in the inclusivity of women too.”

Only 3% of young women say a career in technology is their first choice

Some of the women behind Bulletproof

On this International Women’s Day, we want to #ChooseToChallenge by fuelling a passion for tech in young women and highlighting that tech is a force for good. To do this we spoke to some of our very own women at Bulletproof about their experiences of working in a technology based industry.

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Milica

DevOps Team Lead

Ever since I was a child, I was always interested in computers and so I firmly believe that it was meant to be that I worked within tech. As Jeff Bezos says, "you don't choose your passion - your passion chooses you". If working in a STEM industry is truly what you want to do and where you see yourself, then follow your heart – you can do it. Put in the hours and dedication every day, and never give up.

Each day you are a day closer to working in your dream job. I love that within my role every day is a different challenge and experience. In DevOps we have the freedom to be ultimate geeks, as well as super creative and innovative at the same time. I love my job and the people that I work with here at Bulletproof.

“In DevOps we have the freedom to be ultimate geeks.”

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Nicky

Head of Compliance

I actually started my career within STEM in mechanical engineering. I realised that area wasn’t for me, but I noticed I really enjoyed working with IT. It then became apparent to me that a critical part of IT was security, so I did an MSc in Information Security and here I am! I thoroughly enjoy leading the compliance team here at Bulletproof.

There is absolutely no reason why women cannot excel in this industry. Be confident in your abilities and don’t think that you have to be able to do absolutely everything listed when you consider a job advert. Something I have certainly taken on board within my time as a manager is to recruit for attitude over skill – you can teach skills but it’s harder to find the right attitude for the team.

“There is absolutely no reason why women cannot excel in this industry.”

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Lexi

Channel Partner Marketing Manager

I’ve worked in technology for 15+ years now. I enjoy the fast-paced environment and it’s really satisfying when you can take a highly technical concept and create material that helps a customer understand how and why you can solve their problem. Having worked in tech for a long time, I have had my fair share of being the only woman in the room. In the early stages of my career it was definitely more challenging, but thankfully with more and more women joining the industry, I’ve seen a massive change in culture and I feel proud to work in the industry.

My advice for others is to not be put off applying for a job in tech if you don’t have a technical degree. If you are interested in your company’s technology and can understand how it solves customer’s problems, that’s more than enough to get you on your way.

“I’ve seen a massive change in culture and I'm proud to work in the tech industry.”

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Rebecca

GDPR Consultant

I have always enjoyed learning more and more about the data privacy landscape and supporting clients in driving up their compliance levels. I have worked in teams with both a majority of men and teams where most of my colleagues were females. However, I noticed that in the teams of mostly men there was a pressure applied to ensure that I stood out and that I wasn’t overshadowed. It’s refreshing to work here at Bulletproof and know that your voice matters no matter who is in the room.

My advice to anyone looking to get into the world of compliance and technology is go for it!

“The cyber security and data protection field is not a man’s world. There is enough room for you.”

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Vera

GDPR Consultant

My career has been long and varied. But working within compliance was a conscious switch from an IT career spanning programming, UAT testing and project management. I saw compliance when it was in its infancy. I hoped to master it and to be able to make some kind of impact because I believed in the core principles.

Compliance has proven to be an enriching and interesting career move. It’s still a very young industry and in the coming years, due to the speed of tech advancement, compliance will be an exciting and essential part of that advance. A long time ago I learnt not to define my interest and abilities by a single life-long career path. Today, more than ever, it is possible to switch into a role that interests you.

“It’s key that you find a career that you will enjoy and find fulfilling.”

You spend one third of your day working, so spend it in a job that you love and feel heard. These women are only a few of the tremendous women we have across Bulletproof, and as part of our commitment to improve inclusion in tech, we hope this blog has helped you see that a career in tech can be anyone’s game.


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