In a world where the tech industry has long been dominated by men, we are witnessing a powerful shift as more and more women break through barriers and make their mark. Today, we have the privilege of hearing from one of these trailblazers, Sarah Micallef, Java Development Team Lead —a woman who has carved her path in the realm of technology. We’ll explore her journey, gain insights from her experiences, and uncover the advice she has for aspiring women in tech. Furthermore, we’ll discuss the importance of fostering inclusivity within companies and staying abreast of the latest trends and technologies in this ever-evolving field.
What Attracted Her to this Role and Encouraging Others: “I’ve always had a passion for computing since a young age”. Starting as a junior software developer and working her way up to a software development team lead at Melita, Sarah exemplifies the power of determination and hard work. When asked about encouraging other women to break into the field, her advice was: “Aim as high as you can and work your way up slowly and gradually with hard work and determination,” she asserts. Recognizing the challenges women often face, Sarah emphasizes the importance of self-belief and confidence. “Do not let this or anything else for that matter stop you from speaking your thoughts and opinions,” she urges. With conviction, she encourages women to be strong and resilient, reminding them that their unique perspectives and ideas are invaluable assets.
Fostering Inclusion: Encouraging Companies to Support Women in Tech: To foster an environment that attracts and supports women in technology, companies need to take proactive steps. Sarah as a working mother highlights the misconception that caregiving is solely a woman’s responsibility. “Here in Malta, there still exists the misconception that it is the responsibility of women to care for the family”. She emphasizes the importance of offering flexibility and remote working options to break down these biases and provide equal opportunities for both men and women. By normalizing flexibility in working hours and embracing remote work, companies can create an inclusive culture that enables women to balance their personal and professional lives.
Staying Ahead: Navigating the Ever-Evolving Tech Landscape: In a field where technology and tools evolve rapidly, staying current is paramount. For Sarah the importance of research and investigation during projects serves as an opportunity for continuous learning. Engaging in discussions with colleagues and reading industry publications are also effective ways to expand knowledge. With enthusiasm, Sarah encourages others to embrace a growth mindset and seize every opportunity to learn and adapt.
The journey of breaking gender barriers in the tech industry requires passion, determination, and a supportive environment. Companies can play a pivotal role in empowering women by fostering flexibility and embracing work-life balance. Continuous learning and staying updated with the latest trends are essential for professional growth. Together, we can create a future where women thrive, break barriers, and shape the technological landscape.