In celebration of International Women’s Day and International Women’s Month, Abby and I thought it would be good to run a series of Data+Women rooms on Clubhouse during the month of March. We have been running a regular series of events on Clubhouse since January 2021 (read more here) and with many women joining our rooms, we thought these rooms would help to provide a platform to share advice and guidance for women working in data.
To provide some background, Data+Women started as a Tableau Conference event several years ago and there are now many Data+Women chapters located in cities across the globe. Data+Women meetups are a way for women, men, and any gender role to meet up, discuss issues, learn skills, and network in the data-related field. To find your nearest Data+Women chapter, or to find details of a virtual event, visit usersgroups.tableau.com.
Our first #DataPlusWomen themed room took place on 4th March 2021 and it proved to be a rich discussion. We were joined in the room by:
….and many more people listening in too.
We started the conversation by talking about mentorship. Here’s a summary of the points shared:
- Don’t be afraid of approaching people you admire for mentorship. It’s also worth looking into their journey and the content they share so you can learn from them and specifically, what they did to reach the position they are in today.
- We can all be mentors. Everyone has something to give. Sometimes women undersell themselves and their skills. However, every one of us can add value to peoples lives by sharing our knowledge.
- If you are struggling to find a mentor (or someone to mentor yourself), sites like Mentoring Meetup can help to connect you with others looking for mentoring opportunities.
- Every mentoring relationship is different. Sometimes it just means being available to others when they need support or advice.
- Mentoring is not a one-way street. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both the mentor and mentee.
- Aim to set small goals with your mentor or mentee. A mentoring relationship is a great way to keep yourself accountable.
- Look to your peers for on going mentorship opportunities. Peer mentors can be great for providing support and feedback in the workplace.
- Men can be excellent mentors for women too. Don’t rule them out.
Next, we spoke about personal branding and self-promotion. Here’s a summary of the advice shared:
- Share your work and start building up a portfolio online. You never know who might see your work and reach out to you with an interesting job opportunity.
- Be honest about who you are. There’s no need to pretend to be someone you are not.
- Be consistent. Even if your work isn’t getting the attention you think it deserves, keep going and keep posting. You might not get noticed straight away but continuous practice will help you to improve your skills and grow your network.
- There isn’t a magic ‘I’ve made it’ point. Everyone is constantly growing and evolving. If you want to keep your brand awareness up there, you need to keep contributing.
- Consider what people saying about you when you aren’t in the room. What are you known for and what do you want to be known for? You need to find your ‘thing’ and stick to it.
- Even if someone has done something before, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it too.
- You don’t need to share technical blog posts to provide a meaningful contribution. Everyone has something to offer.
I hope you find these tips useful. Thank you to all of the women who participated in the discussion and were open to sharing their experiences.
We’ll be hosting more Data+Women rooms on Clubhouse this month.
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