Women In Tech: Hang In There And Continue To Dream Big
First, I would like to start with a huge thank you. If you are a woman or minority in tech, thank you for your interest, your contribution and your hard work to be in this fantastic sector. We need you. And we need you more than ever due to the impact of the pandemic.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be working in data and AI, one of the most exciting hyper-growth areas in technology. I sincerely hope the following takeaways from my journey will help those on similar paths get to their dream jobs or places in tech more smoothly and more rapidly:
• Dream big.
• Take bold steps toward your dream.
• Embrace obstacles or adversities as springboards for your dream.
I come from a middle-income Turkish family of engineers, mathematicians and entrepreneurs, so my passion for technology is probably genetic. However, there was domestic violence in my family, so as much as I loved my parents, I knew I could not stay in that environment. So when I was in high school, I came up with a dream: To study electrical engineering in the U.S. and be independent, both personally and financially.