A couple of weeks ago I listened to a podcast discussing barriers and mindsets to succeed in White male-dominated industries for those that don't belong to those groups.
There was a sentence that encapsulates why I tell people that finding career sponsors is key to their career progression
"The biggest decisions of your career are always made when you’re not in the room. Then, the question becomes who is in the room who can advocate for you on your behalf?"
I've asked the women and nonbinary people in tech I coach to reflect on the following:
1. Who do you know that will be in the rooms where those decisions about your career will be made?
2. How well are those people acquainted with your achievements, skills, experience, and potential?
3. Most importantly, if you’re not happy with your answers to (1) and (2) above, what can you do in the next two weeks about it?
What's your answer to those questions?