January 2011 was a month with a difference; it was a year that my career had to shape up. The pressure was real I was no longer that ‘little girl’; I had to be independent and self-sufficient. So my career path began. With no information technology background, I found myself in technology firm. My friends would tell you that I am always after a challenge. So there I was in a technology firm with no knowledge in that field. I had to adapt right? I was determined to make it work; make the best out of it all.
So there I was in a technology firm with everybody murmuring some gibberish called tech. I was lost but I had to work, this wasn’t a hobby it was work. I had deliverables at the end of the day. This was how I was going to make a living. One of my first tasks was to create a landing page. A task that would normally take about 3 hours took me about 4 days in-fact let’s call it five days, my boss had to fine tune my work, he wasn’t amused. He wasn’t pleased because during my interview I said I was proficient in Dreamweaver, which is true just for your knowledge but that’s not the point here.
I encountered Dreamweaver in campus, but software’s are always refined; and since information technology was not my major in campus I really did not dwell much on it. I made a website once it took me a whole semester and it was a project I had to do to get a grade in order to graduate. In campus I spent most of my free time with my friends studying computer science, so I knew a thing or two about tech, HTML, CSS. The second task was to convert a website to Chinese. That was not a hard task, but a week later the client left. It wasn’t because of the delayed landing page or the translation, it was a lot of things from their end as well as ours; but the fact is the client was under my service, and losing a client as a small growing business is a big deal.
That was one cold Friday; I could see the fury on my bosses face. We left it for Monday; from then on it was a series of performance reviews. He did not let me go; he didn’t give up on my lack of tech background. He could have, he had all the grounds to but he somehow believed in me. I fell in love with technology, you just don’t fall in love with anything or anyone but I did. I have a secret affair with technology. I may not know how to code, or fix an HTML error but I love the tech industry.
I wake up each and every morning to go to the tech industry, everything I do is in the tech field and I love it. I don’t see myself in any other field in the near future. I may not know how to make an interactive website or generate online revenue. But I sure know how to conceptualize on tech ideas I believe the outcomes are worth a mention in this day and era. I can proudly say without a doubt that I am a woman in the tech industry. One and a half years later I do comprehend the tech gibberish.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” -Albert Einstein