Class of 2020 Mentee
What has the CUGC WIT program meant for you?
As a new mentee, I can tell you what I’m hoping the program will mean for me - building confidence. I am fairly new to my Citrix role in our IT department, and even though I recently obtained my CCA-V, I still feel inadequate on a team full of men who have been in this industry for many years. I’d like to be able to confidently say, “I know what I’m doing” and “I can help you with that,” when people often overlook me for my senior colleague.
What are some of your personal goals and milestones?
Aside from the confidence aspect, I’m really hoping to learn as much as I can to pass the CCP-V exam. I want to be armed with not only the experience, but proof of knowledge, when asking for a promotion. I would also like to delve into the ADC world, so that the leaders in my department have the confidence in me to back up my colleague when he takes time off.
How do you define success?
To me, success would look like stepping out of my comfort zone, volunteering for the challenging projects, speaking my ideas to the collective, and not being afraid to fail.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
I am fortunate that our leaders believe in a work/life balance approach, so that makes it easy to shut off the work brain once I am home. There are occasions where we are working off-hours, but they are few and far between. Honestly, I have a hard time even thinking about how I would tackle this if I needed to, since this has never been the case. For that, I am truly grateful!
Your advice for other women in IT?
My advice would be everything that I am hoping to achieve – be confident, speak your ideas, don’t be afraid of failing, step outside your comfort zone at every opportunity to stretch the zone walls outward. Never stop learning. Research, research, research! Google is your friend :-)