Career Nav #69 – Persevering as a Black Woman in Tech

Career Nav #69 – Persevering as a Black Woman in Tech

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Florence Eghwrudje, a Data Analysis Trainee at OneCampus Academy, who is also the host of the Lets Talk Tech with Florence podcast and one of Women Who Code’s 100 Technologists to watch, shares her talk entitled Persevering as a Black Woman in Tech. She discusses her transition from HR to data science and some of the challenges she’s had to overcome. 

I’m an HR officer who recently transitioned into the field of data science during the pandemic. Over the past three years, I’ve been studying and keeping up with the field of data analysis. I finished my 15-week data science mentorship program with KaggleX a few months ago. I was also featured as one of Women Who Code’s 100 Technologists to Watch. That motivated me to launch my podcast, Let’s Talk Tech with Florence, which I started in April. 

This talk will follow a number of themes. The importance of representation of black women in tech and how that can be a source of encouragement. The unique challenges that black women face in the tech industry and how they can overcome them. I’ll also talk about the importance of building a support network for black women in tech and the benefits of doing so. Lastly, we’ll look at the importance of self-care for black women in tech and how to prioritize that

It’s really important to emphasize the impact of representation in tech. One of the most powerful things about representation is its message to others.

When black women see other black women in tech, it sends a message that they, too, can succeed in this field. It shows them that achieving their goals and reaching their full potential is possible. Representation is a source of inspiration. Seeing someone who looks like you can achieve great things motivates and inspires you. That is why representation matters. It can change lives.

One of the biggest challenges black women face in the tech industry is the lack of diversity. This can lead to a lack of role models and mentors who understand their unique experiences.

During my mentorship program, I was assigned a mentor who lived in Germany. At first, we had communication problems because I found it very difficult to understand his English. But as time went on, I had to open up myself to him and he was able to mentor me in that aspect.

Black women often face discrimination and microaggressions in the workplace, which can make it difficult for them to thrive. They may also be unfavorably compared to their white male counterparts.

However, there are ways to overcome those challenges. One, build a strong network of support. Seek out mentors and role models who can offer guidance and advice. Learn to advocate for yourself. Speak up when you’re being undervalued or mistreated.

As a black woman, stay current on the latest trends and developments in the tech industry. AI has become a buzzword. We need to be abreast of the current trends in the tech industry to thrive. And seek out opportunities for continued education and professional development. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Pursue new opportunities. We can overcome some of the discussed challenges if we can do this.

Lastly, I will talk about the importance of self-care. Self-care is essential for anyone in the tech industry, but it is especially important for Black women who may face additional stressors. Self-care can take many forms, such as taking breaks, having a work-life balance, setting boundaries, or engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy to you. Additionally, you must take care of your physical and mental health by eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

And finally, it is important to build a strong sense of self-worth and to know your worth. Regardless of your journey, remember you can achieve anything you set your mind to as a black woman in tech. With hard work, perseverance, and a supportive community, you can achieve your goals in the tech industry.

Stay encouraged, and never give up on your dreams. Keep pursuing your passions and making your mark in the tech industry.