Diversity in the IT industry: My start as a consultant at it-economics

Why IT consulting is an industry for everyone who wants to help shape future topics such as digitalization and agile working – and why it-economics is a company that gives both women and men the chance to convince with their personal motivation and performance.

When I started in IT consulting, I knew that I was entering an industry that is often considered a typical male domain. Nevertheless, I felt welcome at it-economics right from the start. Even when I first got to know it-economics at the company contact fair Pyramid, I noticed that it-economics is open to different backgrounds and values the individual employee. Especially for me as a career changer, the personal contact at the fair was the ideal way to get started. It was immediately clear that there are not only tasks for software developers in IT consulting and it became clear that it-economics is all about personal skills and motivation. Employees with different backgrounds, women as well as men get the chance to convince with their own qualities. This is also shown by the fact that a relatively high proportion of new hires at it-economics are women.

As a career changer in the IT industryCornelia Risch, it-economics

Dabei ist der Frauenanteil in der Branche zum Teil immer noch gering. Als ich vor eineinhalb Jahren bei it-economics angefangen habe, stieg ich direkt in ein Kundenprojekt ein, in dem ich die einzige Frau bin – zudem noch die einzige, die keinen technischen Hintergrund mitbringt. Mit meinem Studium der VWL und der Medienwirtschaft bin ich eher ein Exot im Vergleich zu den klassischen Informatiker-Lebensläufen. Doch ich traf auf ein Umfeld, das Diversität als Bereicherung versteht und in dem divers zusammengesetzte Teams von den unterschiedlichen Hintergründen und Fähigkeiten der Mitarbeiter profitieren.

The proportion of women in the industry is still low in places. When I started at it-economics a year and a half ago, I directly entered a customer project in which I was the only woman – and the only one without a technical background. With my degree in economics and media management, I am rather an alien compared to the classic computer scientist CVs. But I have found an environment that sees diversity as enrichment and where diverse teams benefit from the different backgrounds and skills of the employees.

My everyday life as a software test manager

I started out as a software tester, a field in which I first had to familiarize myself with. The personal attitude was crucial, both my own and that of my colleagues. For me it was important to approach the new task with an open mind and self-conception and not to be afraid of seemingly technical aspects. After all, topics like digitalization have always fascinated me. As a software tester it is my job to ensure the quality of the software. Does the application work as planned? Does the functionality meet the requirements and is it easy to use for the user? Is the software compatible with other systems? For this I work in a team with software developers and product specialists. I test extensions and new functions and check whether existing applications still work. I also coordinate the troubleshooting between developers and specialized projects.

The fact that I am the only woman in the project is no obstacle. My colleagues respect me for my achievements and treat me with the same appreciation as their male colleagues. As a result, I quickly arrived in my new role and was able to advance to test manager after only a short time, taking on more and more coordination and control tasks. What I particularly appreciate about it-economics is that, regardless of my background, I have been given the opportunity to convince through my work and I am happy to have advocates who support me in my further development and who will allow me to gradually take on more responsibility.

Conclusion

The entry into the IT industry was exactly the right way for me. I can recommend this decision to anyone who is interested in technology, digitalization and agile working – perhaps soon to be able to write their own success story at it-economics.

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