The IoT industry, or the Internet of Things as it has come to be known, is a field that, although new, is raising a lot of interest. Just like everything else new in this world, it was initially male-dominated. However, more and more female attention is being drawn by it, and with attractive job prospects and serious salary packages, this will only grow over time.
Before rushing into a male-dominated field and challenging the norm, you should take some time to prepare yourself for what will ensue. Remember that this is just for the sake of prevention and preparation. It is not something that is set in stone.
- 2 More Learning Than Ever Before
- 4 Constant Adaptation To The IoT Industry
- 6 Brushing Up On Your Sales Skills
- 8 Hands-on Experience With Hardware Engineering
- 10 Learn How to Understand And Create Software
- 12 Always Hunt For Opportunities
- 13 Develop Those Teamwork Skills
- 14 Always Stay Informed
- 15 Become Versatile
- 16 It Takes Lots Of Data To Make A Decision
More Learning Than Ever Before
While the Internet is not really that new anymore, and all of us use it for one thing or another, the field of IoT is. So now, in fact, it is still in its expansion phase.
That said, you will always need to study and learn more about it. There are many ways to go about this. You can take courses, study things individually, or simply refer to articles online, such as this one from Forbes.
Another way to better your knowledge of the IoT industry is to know and follow other women who have already made it in the industry. You can follow them on Twitter, learn about their stories and how they got to where they are today, and see which companies they work for and own or are a part of. You can find a comprehensive list of women in the IoT industry with all the information you need here.
Constant Adaptation To The IoT Industry
Another good thing about this being a new field is the fact that you will always find something to do, sometimes outside of work. You will need to be able to adapt and rise up to every challenge thrown your way.
As a woman, you’ll find that you need to make yourself known in the IoT industry and be adaptable when things change. Make sure you’re attending meetings and networking opportunities. When things change, you want to ensure you’re on the cutting edge.
Luckily, women are much more suited to adapting to change than men. Use this to your advantage, and get the drop on anything new that’s coming out in your field.
Brushing Up On Your Sales Skills
When you’re dealing with the IoT industry, you’ll probably think of the hardware that’s involved. However, you’ll need to have excellent sales skills if you really want to succeed. If you’re serious about getting into the field, you must brush up on those sales skills.
As a woman, you should already have a head start on this. Women are known to be more personable and able to create a rapport with their customers. Use this to your advantage. Look into improving your skills, either through courses or with a mentor.
Hands-on Experience With Hardware Engineering
Again, remember that the IoT industry is a relatively new field, and there are a lot of things that you will need to learn about in order to make the most out of it. Hardware engineering is one of those things. Once you understand how the physical side of the Internet works, you can take full advantage of the digital side.
One of the best ways to obtain this much-needed experience is by volunteering or finding a career in hardware engineering. You’ll be able to find these courses at home and online using the search term hardware engineering course with your hometown or learn at home courses.
Learn How to Understand And Create Software
Now that the IoT industry is becoming more prevalent in the world, there are all kinds of new software that are required to help run items that customers are now using. If you want to get involved, you will need to learn basic programming skills to understand how software is created and used.
The best way to do this is to enroll yourself in a programming course if you haven’t already. Plenty are now being run as the demand for programming skills has grown in recent years. When looking for courses near you, look into bursaries and scholarships for women in STEM roles. Many companies want to encourage women to get into STEM, so you can get a lot of help paying for these courses.
Always Hunt For Opportunities
You will always have new opportunities, and a new field also comes with very exciting prospects. Although you will be able to land a position relatively soon, you should always be looking out for new opportunities and new ways to improve yourself.
Of course, as with any type of job, the best place to look for a job is using a job board. These can all be found easily using a Google search of the job type and the location you want to work in. For examples of IOT jobs around the work, you can check out TechnoJobs or similar resources.
Take advantage of the contacts you’ve created as you’ve started to network. Keep those relationships open, and you’ll find that you’ll have more opportunities coming your way. Women are consistently shown to be better at networking, as they create mutual agreements with other women and help each other out.
Develop Those Teamwork Skills
With the IoT comes massive workforces that are involved in every stage of a product’s life cycle. There are designers, programmers, sales staff, and more. You may feel that women don’t have a role to play in the notoriously male-dominated STEM fields, but the market is constantly opening up.
Technology companies are now seeing how much they need women in the field. They’re problem solvers by nature, and the IoT is a field that’s still in its infancy. Women can help pave the way for future developments with their innate skills.
Always Stay Informed
One of the first things you will notice about any new field, in this case, IoT, is that it constantly evolves and changes. It is mostly driven by the community that works on it and the standards and micro-standards that oftentimes sprout out. By staying informed and up to date with the community, you will always be able to apply the latest standards and always deliver the best quality.
The best way to do this is to take control of your social media networking and start using it as a tool to improve your career prospects. Follow influencers and leaders of the industry on their social media pages as well as any relevant news channels you can find related to all things IoT.
LinkedIn will be your main source of information, followed by Twitter and Facebook for the influencers. There are a ton of female influencers in the industry in the list linked in the section above.
Versatility is one of the more important things, especially when it comes to a new field. Truth be told, IoT is still at the stage where there are no set standards and guidelines yet, so more or less anything goes.
You’re already a versatile person as you have to adapt to change throughout your entire professional life, especially if you’ve had children while you’re working. You already know how to make yourself the most attractive employment option, thanks to the way you market the experience you have.
That being said, you will need to protect your interests and always look for the best opportunities for you. You can use websites like Coursework Writing or Easy Word Count in order to make sure your resume is always up-to-date and relevant.
Your cover letter should also reflect a certain standard, especially if you’re applying for a high-level job. You can check that your language isn’t too simple or too complicated with Cite It In.
It Takes Lots Of Data To Make A Decision
Studies, inquiries, poles, telemetry, and so on. This is all data that you will need to sift through, and for good reason.
You will need to know what the trends are and how visitors react to them. This way, you can easily adapt to the current market and improve your work, as well as be on top of new trends before they actually become prevalent.
There are a few things that you will need to prepare yourself for in order to join the field of IoT as a woman. It is not a hard thing to do, and it is not something that will tax you in any actual way. However, it is still something that you will need to put some forethought into in order to succeed and find your place.