We're on a mission to educate and inspire more women about the opportunities a career in tech can offer. We hope to help make technology a more diverse and inclusive working environment for everyone.
We think it’s about time the number of women in technology increased. We recognise that part of the challenge is to demystify the perception of what a career in technology offers whilst inspiring more women to join our industry.
In January 2019, we kicked off our first Women in Tech campaign to understand why there are so few women in the sector and how we can educate and inspire others to consider a career in technology.
Our mission is to create a diverse community in which women will be equal participants in creating and developing the products and services that shape our industry.
Role models play an important part in anyone’s professional journey. They provide inspiration, guidance & advice that provide you with the tools to grow your career & help you achieve your goals.
With so few women in tech, we need to create more role models for young women inside & outside of our industry.
Megan’s background isn’t one you might expect. Having spent 10 successful years in banking and travel sales, she felt it was time to take on a new challenge to help her grow both professionally and personally.
Bringing with her communication skills, a desire to help customers, a knack for problem solving and a relentless energy, Megan joined ANS in February 2019. No career change is without its challenges but those transferable skills gave her the confidence to dive head first into her role and it wasn’t long before the successes started rolling in.
Sticking to her mantra to never stop learning, Megan feels very fortunate to be working in a thriving industry such as tech and is working hard towards her aspirations of becoming a sales leader.
Megan is very aware of the opportunities a career in tech has given her and is passionate about doing the same for others. Her goal for 2021 is to raise awareness of what a fantastic opportunity a career in tech can offer, particularly with women who are traditionally under-represented in the industry and sometimes lack the confidence to think themselves capable of taking a leap into a different vocation.
Wondering what a day in a tech role could look like for you? Unsure if your skills are transferable? Reach out for a chat with our Ambassador Megan or take a look at our female employee’s stories below to understand the opportunities it could bring to you.
“I’ve always had a creative side, wanting to be an author or a singer when I was younger; little did I know that that creativity would be the key to my success today in tech.
One of the most exciting things is talking with customers about their business challenges and helping them visualise how Power Platform can help solve their day-to-day pains. Imagination, communication, listening, these are all skills I use every day, together with the technical tools available in the platform, to turn their vision into a reality. Not only that, I also get to help train our customers so they can up skill themselves to build and maintain these applications.
I’ve really found my niche in tech. Power Apps let me create and build confidence as a coder, and as a speaker. I regularly speak at conferences and I’m part of this amazingly supportive community.”
“With a background in banking, I never thought I would end up in tech but 6 years later, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I soon learnt working in tech was more about the people and culture which suited me down to a T.
I have over 70 direct reports, all with different skills sets and talents which can seem overwhelming. I think what’s helped me is the confidence of knowing my own role and knowing when I should be leaning on other people for their expertise. I don’t need to know everything about the tech, it’s my job to create lasting relationships with customers and make sure that my team are supported so that projects are delivered successfully. I’ve never believed in knowing it all, I just know my boundaries.
A career in tech has given me opportunities I wouldn’t get anywhere else. Tech is thriving right now, we’re always pushing the boundaries of what technology can do and I consider myself really lucky to work in this industry.”
“What I love about working in tech is the teamwork. In my role, I’m not expected to know all the technical details because I have a team around me who do! My job is to make the project as smooth as possible for the customer by understanding their priorities and mitigating any risks.
I didn’t go to university or college, but I knew I had a knack for talking to people so I honed in on my soft skills to build myself a career. I think the key is understanding what your own talent are and just going for it.
There are so many paths you can go down in technology and there’s nothing stopping you free flowing through them all. The opportunities are out there, you’ve just got to go and find them.”
“I started the ANS Apprenticeship in 2016 and since then I’ve gone from strength to strength. Now a fully integrated members of the networks team, I build relationships with our carriers to understand how we can bring the most value to our customers.
Speaking with suppliers every day has enabled me to become a trusted advisor to our customers and help them reach the technical outcomes they’re looking for.
Dealing with people is the best part of my job. I’ve really developed a confidence I never had before when solving problems. It’s only when you look back you see how much you’ve learnt and achieved!”
“I work with our customers to understand their requirements of what they want tech to do for them. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I didn’t have strong empathy skills, every day I immerse myself in their needs and how an application’s design will give their users the best experience.
I love that my work can have an impact on people’s lives. Some apps are used by thousands of people and for a long time, you’re giving them something of value and bringing their visions to life. It’s really exciting.
I used to be so quiet but being in tech has really helped me come out of my shell and grow into the confident person I am today. The more presenting I did, the more natural it became. Having that support and someone who believes in me really changed things.”
“I never planned to work in tech. I started out with an apprenticeship in social marketing with an app dev company but soon wanted to learn how to dev. We started getting bigger projects in that needed testing. I saw an opportunity and embraced the change which ultimately led me to my role today.
I would say communication is the skill I need most each day. Using Azure DevOps, it’s my job to take information from multiple departments, analyse it and make sure everything is working as it should be for the customer.
I definitely see myself in a management role in the future but for now I’m enjoying exposing myself to new possibilities and the different types of projects that are out there.”
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