Woman’s perspective on how to work at an IT company
Interview with Anna, Designer of Gamingtec
- How did you decide to become a designer? Do you have a relevant university degree?
According to my education, I am an economist, but my passion is visual art. When I graduated from university, I tried myself as a credit analyst, but the experiment was not successful. I changed my job and started to work as an office manager at an IT company. Later, I tried the position of an SMM manager, but I it didn’t satisfy my ambitions. That was when I started to study design and took a graphic design course.
- What was your first entry in the profession?
I got a job in a design studio. It was a good opportunity to get the first experience and try myself as a multitask employee. With wide-ranging responsibilities, I learned how to create banners, website templates, visual content for social media, and so on. Later, I applied for three product companies, including Gamingtec, and passed an interview successfully. I am working as a graphic designer currently, and study UI/UX design, as well.
- Do you feel comfortable in a male team?
I am the only girl in the Design department and I do feel comfortable. Designers say they are genderless human beings. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman, the only criteria is whether you are highly experienced.
- A designer should be creative. What inspires you, Anna?
I get ideas from my hobbies. I am fond of photography, oil painting, marathon running and playing… the ukulele. Photography is a way of training attention; people tell me I have an eye for details. Running and cycling help me stay fit and refresh the brain after a hard day. Oil painting is perfect to work with textures and colors. Ukulele… It is just fun and relaxing.
- What do you do to grow your career?
Designers study all the time, so I spend regularly 2–3 hours a day for self-education. Reading, taking lectures, monitoring the market and improving my time management. Looking for references and practicing is the only way to achieve good results in visual arts. I am encouraged by professionals that truly love their projects, and I try to do the same in Gamingtec. By the way, the next year, I am going to participate in a design battle.
- What advice can you give to girls that want to try themselves in IT?
Do not be afraid. Forget about stereotypes. Women in tech is not nonsense anymore. It is one of the areas where you can find yourself, build a successful career, and feel really welcome.