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At Oktana, we believe that we can have an impact on the future of the technology industry, which is why this year we participated in the International Girls in ICT Day celebration.

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year, around the world, on the fourth Thursday of April. It was born with the goal of inspiring and empowering women to explore careers in science and technology. There are a wide variety of events every year and, this year, Oktana was proud to host one ourselves.

On April 25 we opened our doors to some women from Forge, UTU and other women in the community to discuss the variety of jobs available in the technology industry and the different career paths that are available for women. Some women from the Oktana team took time out of their schedules to discuss what it was like for them to work in the technology industry and share what a day in the life looks like for them.

We began with a broad discussion of technology and the different roles it plays in our lives. We wanted to emphasize that technology touches almost all professions in the modern world and is fundamental in the working world. For those exploring future career possibilities, a greater understanding of modern technology is a clear advantage in the workforce.

Next, the team discussed the skills required for each of the roles within Oktana (Business analyst, team lead, developer, Q&A, design, and support). As we discussed these different roles members of the team shared some stories about their experiences in these roles. It was a fun way to highlight what we do and how we do it.

We concluded the event with a question and answer session for our guests. We wanted to make sure that everyone left the event feeling fulfilled and confident about the possibilities in front of them. As we reflected on the day with everyone it was clear that to us there are no restrictions for what you can do in this industry. Regardless of age, gender, or anything else the opportunity is there for the taking. We believe that this is exemplified by the wonderful teams at Oktana and the success of Women in ICT Day.

by Andrea Gomez

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