We invited four trailblazing women in tech to share their inspirational stories, and explain exactly how they found their dream career: Brandi Richardson, Software Engineer at Microsoft; Dalia El-Shimy, Head of UX Research at Miro; Kylie Weber, Product Designer at Syndic4you, and Jessie Auguste, Software Engineer at CybSafe.
In this CareerFoundry live panel: Women in Tech: Advice on How to Career Change you’ll learn exactly how to accomplish your career goals and successfully make the transition into the tech industry.
You’ll discover how Kylie went from working in hospitality to becoming a UI designer (by taking the CareerFoundry UI Design Program!), how Dalia went from working in academia to becoming the Head of UX Research at Miro, how Brandi went from working at Delta Airlines to working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, and how Jessie transitioned from studying psychology to becoming a Software Engineer (and co-host of the Glowing in Tech podcast powered by Coding Black Females!).
We’ll address questions such as: Where do I start? What strengths do I bring to the industry as a career changer? How do I tackle impostor syndrome? What challenges might I encounter, and what superpowers will I bring as a woman in tech?
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a UX designer, a UI designer, a web developer, a data analyst, or a digital marketer, check out the following articles and guides:
Further reading for UX:
- What salary will I earn as a UX designer?
- How to become a UX designer (Guaranteed!)
- A guide to the best UX design bootcamps and how to choose one
- Maureen’s story: How I Became A UX Designer And Got My First Job With No Industry Experience
- The ultimate UX reading list
- What to look for in a UX design certification
Further reading for UI:
- Are UI designers in demand? Here’s the current industry outlook
- How to get started in UI design (A 5-step guide)
- What qualifications do you need to become a UI designer?
Further reading for web development:
- What is a typical day in the life of a web developer?
- How much will I earn as a web developer?
- What qualifications do you need to become a web developer?
Further reading for data analytics:
- How much will I earn as a data analyst?
- What is a typical day in the life of a data analyst?
- The top 5 skills that every data analyst needs to master
Further reading for digital marketing:
Software Engineer II at Microsoft
Brandi currently works as a Software Engineer II at Microsoft. She is passionate about human-centered design and engineering. She has a desire to work at an intersection of tech, design, product, and people. She is also passionate about diversifying tech and making it a more inclusive environment. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new brunch spots in Atlanta (where she lives), visiting wineries, doing yoga and reading fiction.
Head of UX Research at Miro
Dalia El-Shimy is an engineer-turned-academic-turned-user-researcher, currently leading UX Research at Miro. Before joining Miro, she worked at Shopify and had completed a PhD in human-computer interaction. She spends pretty much all her spare time trying to adapt North American baking recipes to German ingredients.
Software Engineer at CybSafe
Jessie comes from a psychology background, and is now a Software Engineer at cyber security startup, CybSafe. She is the co-host of the podcast, Glowing in Tech, a show which interviews black women in technical roles and hopes to demystify the industry. In her free time she loves reading and learning new languages.
Product Designer at Syndic4you
Kylie Weber is a passionate UI Designer with a background in Hospitality and Tourism. She believes that design needs to be empathic and impactful in a way that leaves users feeling ' I can't live without this product'. Currently making massive industry strides in the field of Real Estate Management & Accounting at Syndic4you and loving every minute of it.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer at CareerFoundry
MK Kirigin is the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer at CareerFoundry. A proud Latina from Bolivia who studied education policy at Harvard, she’s been dedicated to DEI in education for over 8 years, as a university admission officer, public school teacher, and curriculum designer. MK is passionate about democratizing knowledge, creating inclusive communities, and making tech careers accessible to all.