Mar 8, 2023
Mar 8, 2023
A complete career switch
Stephanie's journey to becoming a professional in IT was not a direct one. Initially, she pursued health care in high school and continued her higher education in nursing. However, she soon realized a lack in passion for nursing and began looking for a career that would fulfill her interests.
She stumbled upon Interactive Multimedia Design at Thomas More in Mechelen (Belgium) and opted for a complete career switch. Despite being outnumbered by men in the field, Stephanie found her calling and graduated three years later with a second, very different degree in her pocket.
Stephanie's Experience in a Male-Dominated Field
When Stephanie started job hunting, she knew she wanted a position that offered variety, and becoming a full-stack developer would fit the bill. After a few initial applications, she found the perfect match at our company, where she felt right at home. Stephanie's first few months were challenging but interesting, as she learned many new skills on the job. However, she found support from her colleagues who are always willing to help and share their knowledge.
Stephanie's immediate colleagues are men, but she experiences this only as a positive. Although communication styles may be more direct and humor is used more often, Stephanie did not find it hard to be the only woman in a team full of men. She sees her open communication style and caring qualities learned in her former career as a nurse as a valuable contribution to her team.
Stephanie's Advice for Women Considering a Career in IT
When asked if Stephanie would recommend other women pursue a career in IT, she replied that women shouldn't be put off by the fact that the tech industry is male-dominated, because she didn't either. If you have an initial strong interest in the field, you should just go for it; it could work out just as great for you as it did for her.
Stephanie is confident more women will join our teams, especially in developer positions, and she is happy to share her experience and knowledge with anyone willing to take on the challenge. From supersonic's point of view, we fully support this vision!