A Reflection on the Importance of Believing in Yourself & Networking

Emerald May
Mar 23, 2018 · 7 min read

At some point in your life, you think about your future and wonder if that’s it for the rest of your life.

— You Know the Story —

…there is always going to be someone out there with “better skills” than you or me, but that doesn’t tell how good of a worker that person is. This is your chance to shine!

The truth is a male name is more likely to get interviewed. While roughly 58% of the US workforce is female and more than half of its population, a quick Internet search will show that only between 10–20% of a tech company’s tech workers are female.

I had no idea what a variable was, what a string or Boolean meant, but that didn’t stop me…

Being in a small company, the company needed help elsewhere in marketing and I unenthusiastically agreed. I felt a sense of loyalty to the company that I’d been with for so long, even though by that time, I’d already missed my field of study, Film/TV/Radio. I wanted to be part of the storytelling process, particularly where movies and video games were concerned.

Hindsight is a great teacher, however, and it’s only recently I’ve realised how important it is to network…

What I’ve realised in the time that before I left my former employer is that landing interviews is difficult. It’s not necessarily difficult because I’m a woman, it may or may not help depending on how large a company is and whether or not they have quotas, but from my experience the real issue is not having a reference. You have to network.

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