For Women at Mirada’s latest interview, we sat down with with Tania, Mirada’s Head of Project Management. She shared with us some inspiring thoughts on topics related to technology, diversity and workplace culture.
Have you always wanted to work in the tech sector?
Actually, I have. My father worked for a well-known telecom company so our house was full of gadgets and books about electronics. He also used to take me to work to see the antennas, power plants and so on. It all seemed so mysterious to me back then, and that’s definitely what awoke my interest in this sector. Many girls are still raised in a cultural and social environment which distances them from a career in STEM. I’m happy that was not the case for me!
It’s important to keep in mind
that we are legitimate
Speaking of that, is there any myth concerning women and technology you’d like to refute?
“If any still exist”, I think that every woman who works at Mirada proves them wrong. In my experience, the problem is about the role we attribute to women. Despite the fact that it’s been proven that women make just as good leaders as men, particularly in the technology sector, it is extremely surprising to see that about 66% of telcos in Europe don’t have women on their Board of Directors*. As Head of Department, I feel responsible for the hiring and promotion of women in this sector, and doing everything I can to change the system from within and make our opinions and ways of work count.
If you had to give a tip to a woman who’s about to start her career in a mostly male industry, what would you say?
Be confident! I know it’s easier said than done, but I think it’s important to keep in mind that we are legitimate. You’ll find obstacles along your way but you have to trust yourself.
What aspect of your professional career are you most proud of?
In 2016, we deployed our product for our biggest client so far. I’m not only proud of myself for that, but I’m also extremely proud of what we achieved as a team at Mirada. It was huge and everyone made their mark on the project. As a professional, I learned so much during this period, about myself, about managing big teams and about creating a now long term partner relationship with a client.