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Education and confidence: An interview with Role Model of the Year finalist Alexandra Coulson, Disguise

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"Lack of confidence, plus the misconception that to work for a tech company you have to be able to be extremely technical, hinders the number of women in the tech industry."

Too often, people think you have to be extremely technical to work in the IT industry. They obsess about STEM subjects and engineering degrees, rather than soft skills and real-world experience. For many women, the assumption that you must know your REST from your GraphQL puts them off of working in tech.

It doesn't have to be this way. At the Women in Tech Excellence Awards, we make a point of celebrating the achievements of both technical and non-technical people in the industry: sales, finance, marketing and others.

Alexandra Coulson is head of global marketing at Disguise, and a finalist for Role Model of the Year. We talked to her about her own experiences, her recommendations for women looking to enter the industry, and the Awards:

Why do you support Computing's Women in Tech Excellence campaign?

The best thing about Computing's Women in Tech Excellence campaign is that it celebrates women and highlights our stories - which can be an incredibly powerful tool for other women looking to get into the technology industry, or simply looking for tips to advance their tech career.

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