5 Ways to Take Advantage of Having More Female Peers

by Geekgirl, July 1, 2016

“Now is the time for women in tech” Business 2 Community announced.

The tech industry has gotten past the initial roadblock of having very few women. Our numbers are growing and it’s time to take advantage of that.

Things that weren’t possible in the tech community are becoming available. This is an unprecedented time for women in tech. Taking advantage of having female peers is a celebration of this success and a motivation for more women to enter the field. We can accomplish even more if we work together and collaborate creatively.

Tip 1: Start a Business

Start a Business

With innumerable sources of funding, it’s getting easier and easier to start a business. Women have natural skills that help tech startups succeed, so why not take advantage of that and work with a female founder? While both genders are equally great to work with, you may find you’re more comfortable working with women or if your business targets females in particular, another woman might offer a helpful point of view.

Now is the time to take action on your business ideas and start with the help of a female peer. Ask for advice on your business from someone you admire doing similar things or get involved with a co-founder. The knowledge and assistance is there for the taking.

Tip 2: Be or Find a Mentor

Be or Find a Mentor

Our paths in tech are unique, but there is so much we have in common. Both these unique and similar experiences are important to discuss. You can learn twice as much by reaching out and gaining wisdom from a peer. Now that there are more women in the tech workplace, you have an even greater opportunity to build relationships and learn from professionals who’ve had a similar experience and have additional knowledge to share.

It is hugely beneficial for professionals to be a mentor or work with a mentor. The learning opportunity is two way. These relationships are one of a kind. Whether you’re mentorship helps you gain a new position or just learn the industry, it’s always a step up from where you were before. Make the effort to finally reach out to a few potential mentors and set up a lunch date. There’s no telling where it will take you.

Tip 3: Be a Connector

Be a Connector

There is so much meaning found in helping and uplifting other people. Anjula Acharia-Bath, one of this year’s top women in tech, has made a career around connecting women. Helping peers build relationships deepens your own connection with your network. Giving to others strengthens yourself and those around you.

All it takes is recognizing how two of your contacts might benefit from working together and reaching out to facilitate a conversation. While these connections may fizzle out, they also have the potential to evolve into something amazing.

You may not be a super connector naturally, but taking time to learn and practice the skills of connecting contacts is time well spent.

Tip 4: Friendship

Friendship

You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with, motivational speaker Jim Rohn shared. Now that you’re surrounded by strong, smart women in the workplace, why not learn and become more like them.

We’ve all heard about how much relationships contribute to longevity and life satisfaction. Friendships can start and grow in your career. Not only will work be more enjoyable, but your entire life will be.

Making friends from female peers at work has unique benefits. These women truly understand what you’re going through in your career. They can relate over HR struggles and project successes. They can be there for you when other friends can’t. Think about that peer at work who you’ve always thought was cool, but never took the chance to get to know her and go do it!

Tip 5: Get Feedback

Get Feedback

With ideas and projects bouncing around in your brain, uncertainty can arise and questions can replace actions. A simple and effective way to get out of your head and into a project is to get feedback from your female peers.

Letting someone know what’s on your mind is a way of being vulnerable. While that can be worrying, it also opens up incredible opportunities. Your peer may have a great idea to make your project more efficient or your idea more relatable.

We have to acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers ourselves. With more women around us, we can share our ideas openly and gain incredible feedback. It all starts with the courage to share and when people are more than happy to give their opinion, there’s nothing to worry about.

We have worked so hard to get more women into tech and that journey’s not over. While we still have a lot of room to grow, it’s necessary that we take advantage of what we’ve accomplished so far. Collaboration and openness is where we’ll be able to greatly multiply our success and the success of all those around us.

What’s your view?

What’s your stance on female peers in the workplace? Do you have enough? Should we be working to attract more? Let us know your view in the comments below.