On International Women's Day, we like to put our esteemed colleague Simona Radu in the spotlight. She has enjoyed working for many years in the sector in which predominantly many men are still employed. But what are Simona's experiences of working in this man's world? We asked her!
What first sparked your interest in working in this industry?
''First it was the mathematics, physics. In high school I had the first contact with electronics area and at that moment I've decided I'll not choose an economic discipline path after graduation, but to keep the path of electronics even if some people around me told me it's not a girl/woman job profile.''
What is it like to work with mainly men around you?
''From this point of view I didn't had issues. Sometimes it helped in my work, sometimes I need it to get around people who weren't so open to work with women in the technical field. Important it is not to think about the differences and let them set you back and to do your job.''
If you had to start your career from scratch, knowing what you do know now, what would you do differently?
''The only thing that I'll do differently it will be to finish learning a programming language and have the courage to do changes in my career more quickly.''
Tell us about one challenge you've faced as a female in your sector? How did you overcome it?
''The biggest challenge was to learn not to sub-evaluate myself, to have confidence in me that I'm doing a very good job. I've learned in time to go over this, when colleagues and people in higher positions started to turn to me for an opinion regarding a technical problem, for trainings.''
What's the one piece of advice you'd give to young women starting out their careers?
''Don't give up, even if some people around you will tell you it's not a woman's job. Learn to choose your battles and keep learning all the time.''