Ann Sjökvist (@annsjokvist)
Solution Provider, SE - JUST LOVE IT
Tell us about your role in a couple of sentences:
At the moment I am an Oracle Standard Edition Advocate.
Why did you first get into IT?
Back in the 80's after upper secondary school I didn't know what I wanted to do, so when the University of Skövde,Sweden started a new IT education with a more Business oriented mindset, I thought why not. After school I moved to Finland, and got a job as a programmer, and since then I have been lucky to work in a very diverse amount of IT professions, and my latest work was as a COO/Region Director for a Finnish Company.
What advice would you give to people, especially women looking for a role in IT?
My first job in Finland proved the fact that it is very important to have both positive, collaborating and people with a "we are in this together" mindset around you, as well as a leadership management. This "force" will bring such good energy, and trust and therefore women are able to develop both socially and professionally, without the need to feel themselves as "outsiders".
Have you encountered any issues with being a woman in IT?
Yes. I have an inquiring mindset, and I am very customer oriented, so there will always be men who prefer doing things the "old-way", instead of embracing new ideas -especially when the idea is coming from a woman.
Any final comments?
Men and women are approaching challenges in two different ways, and we all will benefit from a larger number of women planning, developing, programming etc.
As a women, join the company that is open minded and supportive, and have "we are in this together"-mindset. And most important the company should not have any micro management philosophy, since it looks like a lady will have less opportunities in such environment.
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