woman holding a like a boss mug, kickstart your careerArticle by Valerie Junger, Chief People Officer at Quantcast

The tech industry is always changing and evolving. That’s what makes it an exciting, challenging, and rewarding sector to work in.

While there is no one formula for success, here are a few tips I’ve found to make getting a head start easier.

  1. Be inquisitive

A curious mind is your number one asset. In tech, everything is constantly evolving; new technologies, products, and business models can sprout up overnight to reshape the landscape. To be a part of the change, you need to understand it, and that can only be achieved by staying curious and asking questions. Never think, “But it’s not part of my remit” – you never know how that knowledge will serve you later on.

  1. Embrace lifelong learning

Getting your college degree no longer signals the end of your education; today we are all students for life. Research suggests that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. With technology advancing at a faster speed, we will all need to upskill and train as we progress in our careers. Thankfully, online courses are making it easier and more accessible. It’s not just invaluable to your professional development – it can lead to personal growth as well.

  1. If at first you don’t succeed…

Tenacity is key to success, especially for women in tech. Today, only 19% of roles are filled by women, and this figure decreases to just 5% for Asian women and 3% for Black and Hispanic women. More progress is needed, but we are headed in the right direction. However, that doesn’t mean the road will be easy. Expect challenges, but hard work and determination do pay off.

  1. Nurture a support system

No one succeeds alone, and working mothers especially require a support system. Strong personal networks and communities enable women to better confront the challenges of juggling work and home life. It’s great to see companies step up by offering greater support and flexibility as well. All of these relationships are important and will help empower you on your path.

  1. Expect the unexpected

Your career path might not turn out as you expected – and that’s okay. If anything, it’s good to explore and experiment so that you can discover what truly excites you. It doesn’t matter if what you do doesn’t align with the life plan you had at 22: the important thing is to enjoy the work and find ways to continue growing everyday.

The key to a successful career in tech? Always remember that you don’t know what you don’t know. Keep learning, keep questioning, and keep pursuing your interests. It will pave your path to growth – both on a personal and professional level.