Entering the tech industry—breaking down gender stereotypes

Entering the tech industry—breaking down gender stereotypes

PWC highlighted in its Women in Tech report: Time to close the gender gap, that 78% of students couldn’t name a female working in tech and only 3% of females would choose tech as their first choice for a career. These shocking statistics alone show how gender stereotypes are still prevalent in the tech industry. The Women of the Silicon Roundabout is one of the largest women in tech event series which aims to breakdown those gender industry barriers which prevent females from entering the profession.

In celebration of the upcoming 2019 event on 25 and 26 June sponsored by LexisNexis, Freya Becker, Junior Software Engineer at LexisNexis, shares with us her journey into tech…

Growing up as a teenager in the nineties, my friends and I spent a lot of our time building our own PCs, setting them up in networks to play together as a group. Not sure what to do with my life after finishing school, turning my interest in computers into a career felt like a reasonable place to begin my explorations. However, I didn’t know any women/girls who had taken up a career (or even shown interest) in tech, and even more than today, the myth at the time went that to become a software engineer, you had to be all but a genius, and be really into maths—which I certainly didn’t think described me. Initial forays into coding (generally as the only girl present), further convinced me of my ill fit for the career and so I chose something more ‘traditional’, getting a degree in psychology while working in media regulation.

After finishing university, I continued my career in media regulation and media education. When I reached a point at which I felt my career was no longer allowing me the personal growth I was looking for, I decided to find a new challenge, leaving my old life in Germany behind to come to London and make a new

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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.