How can ‘Women in IT’ be professional?
By Meera Joseph
Information and Technology is changing the expectations, responsibilities and competencies of ‘Women in IT’. Professionalism does not mean wearing the best clothes and your ability to network with people. The inability to handle certain job situations or tasks was often regarded as not being professional. This can be due to various factors including ‘your capability’ to do the job. The social norms and familial expectations should be kept in mind in achieving professionalism. Women need to have expert knowledge and certain characteristics and competencies to be professional. The expectations in an IT company vary day by day. Professionalism by women in IT should be handled wisely using some of the following tips below:
- Women in IT need excellent presentation and communication skills.
- Women should find ways to improve self-confidence and be less emotional while handling job issues.
- Women are accountable of what they do, so be an active team player in the project that you are assigned.
- Women in IT need excellent business writing skills for electronic communication in particular.
- The way women in IT interact with the people, including your gestures will add to your professionalism
- Women should dress to keep up with the ‘corporate culture’
- Improve your qualifications and competencies. This would probably provide you more opportunities, responsibilities and financial gain.
- Manage your time more efficiently. Women in IT need excellent time management skills as you might have to balance, work life, married life, partner life, community life and your social life along with the corporate life.
- Establish your professionalism in whatever you do.