asked you to describe a memorable working experience, and were pleased
by the number of life-changing experiences that you told us about.
Here’s just a taste of what you love and hate about your jobs...
What I love
of creating a software solution to meet a customer's requirement.
Every day I get the chance to become a ''hero'' by making their
lives easier. "
biggest breakthrough in my career has been finding
a job where I can work from home. As a single parent this solved
90 percent of my problems in one stroke and has worked well for
over three years. "
the first woman
in my department ever. My boss treats me like
one of the guys. There are NO special considerations because
I am a woman. This is the best environment I can think of. I am
appreciated because of my skills, not because I am a woman.
very first job where I had a female
mentor that saw in me what I was not able to see. She gave me the
chance to strive and she believed in me. She was my boss. She was
also the MIS person and ready to retire. So she slowly handed things
over to me. When she retired, I got her job. "
The best times are when I fix code that
has been broken for a while after the guys couldn’t even figure
it out. "
lead a technical team of seven women (NO MEN!)
to implement a system that saved our corporation $25 million a year.
I am the sole woman
on a team of 14 software engineers. My manager
wanted to take the team out for a holiday lunch. He came to my desk
and asked me if I planned to go, because they were going to ''Hooters.''
He hoped that didn't make me uncomfortable. "
One time, the company's cabling expert
came in to show my department how to make patch cables. He let every
male member of the department try (I'm the only female). He looked
at me and said, ''Well, you'd better leave this to the guys, cupcake."
I was recently described as the little
girl who runs the lab.''
Since a lot of my work is now done online,
many people assume that I am a man. I surprised them when I, a woman,
show up because they are looking for some guy from the hardcore
world of computer security geekdom. "
I was just contracted to join a new development
project and was introduced as ''the only female member of our team.''
Made me take a deep breath. "