Women In Tech — Are We Telling the Right Story?
Melissa Barker
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I met a woman on the train yesterday who had worked in Silicon Valley tech companies — hardware, not software — for years, despite not having any sort of technical training. She was hired on the recommendation of a friend into the Marketing department, but her next job in the company was managing the QA department, despite having no knowledge of QA procedures. Why? Because from her Marketing job she knew how the product worked, and she knew the different departments, so she was able to coordinate everyone in order to successfully test the product.

So yes, there are different paths into tech that don’t require coding. Marketing, product management, technical writing — you’ll need to know how the product works (or at least how it should work), and you’ll need to understand the customers, but you don’t need to write code.

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