Women and non-binary individuals pursuing technical careers face challenges that make us consider leaving tech throughout K-12, college, and industry. This past summer shined a light with my relationship to tech that led me to consider leaving, causing a type of stress and uncertainty I was far from comfortable with. Over the past few months I’ve learned what this industry means to me, why I want to be in it, and ultimately, what kept me here. I’m not the only one to go through this and I won’t be the last, so I’m sharing my story to let others know they are seen and not alone.
My experience was invaluable, and I’m here to share why I wanted to leave, why others often do, my takeaways from this self-inquiry, and what others can do when in a similar place.