What has your experience been like working as a woman in the tech sector?
Sangeetha: I studied Computer Science because I wanted to become a Software Engineer; a sure-fire way to get a good career in India, which is where I studied and lived before arriving in Cambridgeshire a year ago after landing the job here.
In previous companies, it would be typical for there to only be 10 to 20 per cent of women per team – that’s how it was from the beginning for me. I once worked in a team where I was the only woman! But eventually the company I was at started to hire more women as they recognised the issue, but we were always in the minority.
Seena: In the initial period of my career, I worked at a start-up company that was rolling out major scientific software around the world, and we were required to work in different time zones. It was difficult to balance family life and a career; it requires a lot of support from those around you.
I now see more women coming into the sector, but there is still work to do to level things up.