Control Your Career Like a Boss(Babe): Summary of Resources
recruitHER was proud to partner with #bossbabesatx to offer our first workshop, “Control Your Career Like a Boss(Babe),” which sold out in 20 minutes (!).
In this post, we summarize the resources discussed during the workshop so that attendees and others can empower themselves to take control of their own careers. Speakers were Ashley Doyal (@ashley_doyal, recruitHER) and Gina Helfrich, PhD (@ginahelfrich, recruitHER).
NB: Resources are often specific to the Austin area.
The Statistics: Women in Tech + Business
- Women make up only 26% of programmers in the US, and about half of those women end up leaving the tech industry altogether by mid-career.
- Looking specifically at women of color, the numbers are much lower — for example, black women hold only 3% of computing jobs.
- Related, also depressing: Only 1 in 14 engineers in Silicon Valley is black or Latino.
- Only about ⅓ of businesses in the US are women-owned.
- Access to venture capital is one of the most powerful tools an entrepreneur can have — VC money can allow you to scale your start-ups, create new jobs, and encourage innovation. As of 2014, just 6% of the partners in VC firms were women.
- Of all the US companies that received VC funding between 2011–2013, 85% had not a single woman on their executive team. And less than 3% of those companies had a woman CEO.
The Research: Unconscious Bias, Stereotype Threat, Impostor Syndrome
Vision & Goals
Worksheets: LuluLemon Vision & Goals
Describe Your Perfect (Work)Day:
(Exercise suggested by Dr. Shannan Palma)
What time do you want to get up? What do you eat for breakfast? What do you want to wear? Are you inside or outside? How many people are in your office/on your team? Do you work mostly alone, or collaboratively, or some of both? Is your work customer-facing? Do you focus on one thing all day or do you switch between different activities? Do you want the freedom to set your work priorities, or do you prefer more guidance/mentorship? …etc.
Be as detailed as possible.
Navigating Your Job Search
Creating Content: Use Storify to curate stories from Twitter after live-tweeting events or participating in Twitter chats.
Upwork (general freelancing platform: recently acquired Elance), Guru (general freelancing platform), Fiverr (general freelancing platform, projects start at $5), PeoplePerHour (design-specific), Textbroker (for freelance writers), 99Designs (design-specific), Freelancer.com (web development, SEO, mobile apps)
Networking: Pre-Networking Event Prep for Introverts
Strategies & Research:
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