Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Fight or Flight Moment: Understanding Why We Leave or Stay in Industry

The following is a short snippet on a post I wrote on the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing blog. Check it out!

Why do women leave industry?
  1. extreme job pressure and they feel isolated, lacking mentors and so on
  2. culture not women-friendly and they are still experiencing sexual harassment
  3. compensation and they feel their careers are stalled by mid-career
What can women do?
  1. work in a company with >= 10% women in management positions
  2. get mentors, sponsors (who make your accomplishments known), role models, and figure out your career paths
  3. work in a company with more flexible career track timing, on-ramps, etc.