Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. A day that arose in the twentieth century when women stood up for their rights. To celebrate this day, we would like to put the spotlight on 5 women. From Monday to Friday we publish a portrait of a strong and tough woman who works in what used to be considered a profession for men. This is part 1.
Kristina Parsehyan is a developer here at marXact. She works on the user experience and interface of our UNI-Solutions, which means her work directly impacts our users and makes digital surveying even more easy for them. A woman in a typically male-oriented profession in an IT/Tech company. What is that like?
“I mostly work on the front-end development of UNI-Cloud and UNI-Connect, which means I decide where each button goes and how a menu structure looks like, for example. With our latest release update, I’ve created the layer forms and made it easier to make or add new layers while digital surveying out in the field. It’s what I like to do, working with my colleagues and making our customers’ life as easy as we can.
I started working for marXact last January and was the only woman on the Development team, although Sinem joined one month later. Working with my male colleagues comes very easy, they are always so helpful. It’s nice to discuss ideas and stuff as a team, where it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman. I do like the fact that Sinem joined not long after me, because we might have different ideas and suggestions than men do. But also, we can and should show that both developing and digital surveying are things a woman can do as well. It’s not a male-only activity, although people (used to) think that. We’re proving that that is not true.
Maybe that’s a historical thing, did people might think development was hard. Women might not have tried to get into developing for a while and is that changing now. The same goes for digital surveying, as I see with our customers. We see more and more ladies digital surveying, also proving it’s not a male-only profession. That makes me happy, because we as women can do everything if we set our mind to it.
That is why I’m glad our Sales and Marketing team has hired its first woman as well. I think Cheyenne can bring something different to our company, a female perspective to it all, and a new range of ideas we can use to reach and support our (potential) users best.
It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, this job is for everyone. Men should still choose a career in development if that’s what they want to do in life, but I encourage women to do the same. Choose whatever studies, career, and job you like. You can do it all! Don’t be afraid to try something new or out of the box, but follow your dreams. It’s definitely worth it.