Women in software development

At Pointlogic, we are always looking for new talent – no matter the gender, nationality or even location. However, we are giving a little kick to the gender gap and we are encouraging woman coders to join our big family. Read the stories of Amy (Business Intelligence Developer), Anna S. (Software Engineer) and Anna R. (Software Engineer) and learn how’s to be a software developer (woman) at Pointlogic, A Nielsen Company.  

1. Can you shortly describe your professional path until present?

Amy: I studied the Bachelor of Science in Business Informatics in Mexico, which I graduated in December 2013. During the summer of 2013, I did an internship in Germany, where I developed a special interest in for Business Intelligence. I could say that this internship was my entrance ticket to Pointlogic, where I’ve started as ETL Developer. At this moment, I am a Business Intelligence Developer, and after working for more than 1.5 years in Pointlogic, I’ve been able to learn a lot!

Anna S: I have Bachelor Degree on Applied Mathematics and I am Software Engineer at Pointlogic, for almost a year.

Anna R: My story as Software engineer started at a girls-only school in Russia. After 8 years there, I was so tired of the girly environment, that I picked the most man-like specialty (see the irony of the stereotype) that I could possible find. My first serious job was in big company from Russia, selling cloud space and the appropriate software. But they were never polite - the first phrase of my colleague, when I’ve started there, was: "Look what you're committing, girl" and that describes pretty well the dynamic of the company. The time when I decided to quit, matched with the time when I got married and joined my husband moving to the Netherlands. And now I'm at Pointlogic, where I hear "hey, that's a good idea", "well done" and "could you please check if your last changes could cause a build fail?”

2. What gets you out of bed every morning? 

Amy: A big hearty vegan breakfast, as I’ve been vegan for about 4 years now, and I would like to make more people aware of the benefits of being vegan. Besides that, I love African dances and Mexican folkloric dances, I like promoting Mexican art, I like to get involved in activist movements, and I sport regularly.

Anna R: When I am not building software at Pointlogic, I usually read books (mostly in Russian, I don't want to forget the language) or I enjoy classical music at De Doelen concert hall (Rotterdam). I used to learn a few different musical instruments, but before moving to the Netherlands I had to sell them all. I hope to buy a new piano in next few months and continue studying.

3. What do you like/love about working at Pointlogic?

Amy: From the beginning, Pointlogic teams welcomes you with a smile and positive attitude. The work we do, can be challenging, but the team makes it easy-going. I love that I can work independently, have a flexible working schedule, and adjust my working hours to my needs, which in the end makes me work better. What I like the most of working at Pointlogic is that you make a difference, and people notice and recognize you, which is a great feeling to stay motivated.

Anna S: This company gives great opportunities for professional development. Every idea is taken into account and you’re free to define your professional priorities. In addition, it’s a friendly environment for expats, everybody speaks English, we have flex desks, and we can work from home.

4. What advice would you have for a potential candidate/woman applying at Pointlogic dev?

Amy: Make a good cover letter, it can make the difference to be selected for an interview. Be yourself from day one!

Anna S: If you’re a woman who is applying to development position – know that there are other women in coding who are really happy to work here.

Anna R: If you know and like what you're doing - don't be afraid of anything. Work should never be a place where you count minutes until the end of the work day.

5. Is Pointlogic a good place to grow your career as (woman) developer?

Amy: Totally, the development team is always increasing, and women seem to be taking the lead lately. Also, you can be open about your preferences, maybe you want to take a slightly different path than the one you started with, and that’s usually fine. There is room to learn a lot, from your colleagues or from practice. And you are treated equally, I’ve never felt like I was less or more than my male colleagues.

Anna S: Yes. Definitely yes. I feel like I’m becoming better a developer every day, and I've “fully opened my wings” as an engineer at Pointlogic. 

6. What do you think about #womenincoding in general and how do you think this gap (more man than woman in development) can be closed?

Amy: I think this gap can be closed by more women getting an education in coding - there is a pretty old-fashioned idea that coding is for men, or that coding is extremely hard. But that’s not true, if you find coding interesting, you can make a great career out of it, regardless of your gender. In addition, according to a study released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, developers are one of the best paid jobs. Personally, I think that the best incentive is that you will be a role model for the younger generation, and you will make a difference wherever you end up working. 

Anna S: I think that ‘women don’t like/are not good at coding’ are just stereotypes. Coding is interesting and exciting and gender does not matter.There are several reasons why women don’t even consider becoming developers: they are not well informed about what a software developer's job consists in, never tried to code, so they are scared about it and they think a job in development comes with strict requirements such as: no part-time possibility, non-flexible working hours, regular extra hours and being a man. A solution for this would be to include the basis of development in educational programs, as early as possible. In addition, employers should be friendlier to developers, and provide conditions that can fit for instance, working mother. And Pointlogic is such company! Despite the fact that there are so many men in this business – the first computer programmer in history was a woman (Ada Lovelace), so let’s not let stereotypes make choices for us.

Anna R: Personally I thing that there is no such thing as gender in coding. At home you can do whatever you want: cook cakes, play DOTA, write books. But at work, you're always a part of the team, part of the project, part of something big. You can wear a tie or heels or even both if you want, but it shouldn't change your opinion about OOP rules.

 

Check our Software Development jobs, send your CV and cover letter at careers@pointlogic.com and join our #womanincoding team