Advice for Women in Computer Science

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Great article with real world advice for women on a computer science path from none other than the leader of the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Carnegie Mellon Institute Leader Shares Guidance for Women on a Computer Science Path

What advice do you have for young women considering a career in technology?

  1. Be authentic and create your own path. Don’t try to change who you are to fit into a role. Bring your unique perspective, insights and talents to your role.
  2. Put yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you’re comfortable, you’re not learning and growing. Don’t be afraid to fail because that’s when you learn the most important and lasting lessons.
  3. Acknowledge your power and use it for good. Learn how to use technology to solve limitations or societal problems that exist today. Keep in mind that the technologies you design may contribute to societal problems through unintended consequences.