To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we’re delighted to introduce some of the awesome and inspiring women we have working with us at Seisma Group. We hope you enjoy hearing about the work they do and their experiences as a woman working in tech.

In this post, we’d like to introduce you to Senior Project Manager Manasa Vidyala.

What first sparked your interest in the tech industry? How did you decide to go into working in your field?

I come from a family of academicians and scientists so I believe the seed for my love for technology was sown a long time back. Both my parents are scientists, and I grew up being around the latest technology all the time.

I continued my journey from there to pursue higher education in the field of technology. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication and my early years in the IT industry have been as a developer. I have enjoyed, learned and experienced the development of technology hands-on.

What challenges have you faced as a woman working in a male-dominated industry and how did you deal with them?

The tech industry has predominantly been a male-dominated industry and similar avenues are not available for women as they are for men due to varied reasons. When I was an active part of the workforce, I experienced appreciation and recognition by being promoted within the companies I worked for very quickly but despite this recognition when I had to go on maternity leave my role prior to going on leave was not made available to me after I came back from my leave. This happened twice in my career.

Despite the setback, I have always treated any given situation I am in as an opportunity to grow and learn new things. I pushed through it by only looking ahead and asking what more can I achieve and how can I enhance my skillsets and where can I contribute to the best of my abilities.

How have things changed for women since you first joined the tech industry?

I believe the industry is slowly but changing to the benefit of women. They are being recognised and given more opportunities these days. They do not have to struggle as much to prove their capabilities as compared to a decade ago. If you have the qualification and the required background and experience, then you have an equal chance of getting a role as any man.

What advice would you give women who are just starting their career in tech?

Don’t give up and never shy away from challenges. We are more capable than we let ourselves believe and endurance comes naturally to us. There will be many hurdles in your way but none big enough to hold you back.

The way of working in the industry has changed a lot in recent years and will only continue to improve for women in the coming years.

Do you think enough is done to help women get into the tech industry? If not, what would you recommend?

Definitely, there is more that can be done to motivate women to get into the tech industry. One needs to understand and accept the existence of bias within the industry, tackle it first, and then promote a more supportive and nurturing culture toward women in the industry. I feel that women bring a fresh perspective to any situation and have great problem-solving skills so putting more women in leadership roles will encourage other women in the industry.

What’s the best thing about being a woman working in tech?

What I love most about being a woman working in tech is that I get to use my skillsets. Putting my problem-solving and technical skills to the best use. I have an opportunity to learn and develop new skills every day and then work becomes fun.

Want to read more? Meet more of the talented women at Seisma Group here