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Emily, 

I'm very sad to hear that this has been your experience as well. I'm a young techie and have already felt discouraged in the IT field, as my experience has been very similar to yours. I feel like I have to prove that I'm the technical person there, and NOT the secretary for my teammates (men) who are there with me. I can't imagine how you feel after doing this for 16 years.

One thing I could mention to all of you women who have been in the field for awhile and feel this discouragement is to find someone that you could mentor. I just read an article from NCWIT.org and found their Mentor-in-a-box: Technical Women at Work mentor kit. http://www.ncwit.org/resources.res.box.industry.html

As it's a tough field out there for us technical women, this has been something that I've really looked for, yet there haven't been any women to help me in this area! If you're a woman who's been in the IT field for a few years now and are passionate about getting more women involved (and keeping them in the field, before they burn out from issues like this, which we all face!), please find someone to mentor. I'm sure there are other young women like me who are looking for people, but haven't been able to find someone to help walk along side with them. 

Even if you feel like you don't know enough to be the mentor, find another buddy who can support you. 

Amanda Zook
System Administrator, Operations
Information Technology
Biola University

(562) 944-0351 x5022
amanda.zook@biola.edu
 
 

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Amanda, I'm so sorry to hear that this your experience as a young systems administrator. I so hope that things will get better in the IT technical fields in the near future. I wish I had a mentor myself - I haven't ever had one and have been looking for some time. I agree that volunteering to mentor is very important, and I hope that some day after I've had some time with a mentor or peer mentor that I'll be ready to volunteer as one myself. I had set up a mentor page on the ITWOMEN wiki at EDUCAUSE a few months ago, but so far no one has signed up. I'll take this opportunity to plug it again and hope that some people on this list can volunteer! Amanda Zook wrote: > Emily, > > I'm very sad to hear that this has been your experience as well. I'm a > young techie and have already felt discouraged in the IT field, as my > experience has been very similar to yours. I feel like I have to prove > that I'm the technical person there, and NOT the secretary for my > teammates (men) who are there with me. I can't imagine how you feel > after doing this for 16 years. > > One thing I could mention to all of you women who have been in the field > for awhile and feel this discouragement is to find someone that you > could mentor. I just read an article from NCWIT.org and found their > Mentor-in-a-box: Technical Women at Work mentor > kit. http://www.ncwit.org/resources.res.box.industry.html > > As it's a tough field out there for us technical women, this has been > something that I've really looked for, yet there haven't been any women > to help me in this area! If you're a woman who's been in the IT field > for a few years now and are passionate about getting more women involved > (and keeping them in the field, before they burn out from issues like > this, which we all face!), please find someone to mentor. I'm sure there > are other young women like me who are looking for people, but haven't > been able to find someone to help walk along side with them. > > Even if you feel like you don't know enough to be the mentor, find > another buddy who can support you. > > Amanda Zook > System Administrator, Operations > Information Technology > Biola University > > (562) 944-0351 x5022 > amanda.zook@biola.edu ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.