If you’re like me, the first time you heard the phrase “women in tech” you assumed it meant that these women knew how to make sense of a language consisting of 1s and 0s.
When Brenda Anderson founded Jipe, a job search app for teens, she had never stepped foot in a tech job nor did she know how to use the binary system. “I don’t know how to code a single line of anything,” Brenda shared during an interview with V School.
Luckily, you don’t have to know how to code to start a tech company or to work for one. You can be a “woman in tech” no matter what your skill set is.
Getting Started in Tech
The Jipe app began when Brenda took a pen to paper and drew up designs. She had no idea how to turn those doodles into a real-life app, but she hired people who did know.
Being a woman in tech does not mean you need to code the app yourself, but maybe you design it, or market it, or sell it, or hire for it, or research it. The list goes on.
Being a woman in tech means you build, or are part of, a strong network of people who have different skills, all coming together to make the tech company successful.
We Need Women in Tech
Women everywhere have incredible ideas that stem from their personal and professional experiences and perspectives. The world needs these ideas! If it involves tech, don’t shy away because you think you’re not technical enough. You can hire out the tech. Build the thing! Solve the problem. If you’re experiencing that problem, someone else probably is too! The world needs your solutions, your ideas, and your skills. Use the skills you do have, and use them to your advantage.
Maybe you do know how to code or do UX/UI design—that is wonderful and impressive! You go, girl! But the point here is that even if you don’t know how to do either of those things, you can still have a meaningful career as a woman in tech while working in roles that help the technology land in the hands of happy consumers.
Jipe is a mobile app that connects Gen Z job seekers to employers in an interactive and user-friendly way. Mimicking the interface of a dating app, Jipe allows users to swipe through job listings until a match is found. Then, the user can easily submit an application for the opening right in the app! Visit jipejobs.com to get started.
About V School
V School is a coding bootcamp that offers immersive programs designed to help students gain expertise in the field of web development and UX/UI design. Programs are available online. You will work one-on-one with V School’s Student Success Mentors to set you up for life-long success.