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From living their days as women in tech to advice they’d give 12-year-old selves

Nikolina Kukoč

Nikolina Kukoč


And where to find the best ice cream in Split! We covered many important topics at this edition of the Women In Tech meetup during the panel discussion Different stories, same experiences?.

As with the March edition of this meetup, once more, we have proven that Women In Tech as a separate event is still necessary and beneficial.

It shines a light on the fact that, while women are still a minority in tech fields, we’re not alone.

Not only are there other women surrounding and supporting us – our colleagues and mentors – but men as well. As was evident with the attendees at Smartspace yesterday evening.

We always stress that, while Women In Tech is an event based on the assumption that young girls and women would rather choose to attend an event if they were surrounded by other girls and women, nonetheless everyone is always welcome and any men who wish to take part will never be turned away at the door so to speak.

That’s why we’re very happy that yesterday’s meetup had quite a few men in attendance who came to support their colleagues and hear their stories!

And what stories were they! Our initial idea with this type of panel discussion was to get some insight into varied perspectives on working in tech.

Excellently guided by the panel moderator Sara Dyson (Expat In Croatia), our panelists Alessia Amanzi (Profico), Maja Giljanović (Agilno), and Stela Zorić (GetByBus) felt at ease to answer the easy and the difficult questions and, by answering them, share their stories of working in tech accompanied by some work and life wisdom, as well.

From insights into their typical day at work, to how they chose to do what they do. From the advice they got from mentors along the way, to advice they would give themselves at age 12.

From the disadvantages of being women in tech, to the possible advantages of being that particular minority group. From struggles with perfectionism and imposter syndrome, to wonderful people who surround them and talk them off that ledge.

So many important things were said, so we filmed it to make sure you don’t miss any of it!

That’s why we won’t go into a word-by-word recount of what Alessia, Maja, and Stela shared with us, but will highlight just a few most significant points to neatly wrap up this brief overview.

A message for all potential employers: stop asking us about plans on having kids and focus on skills and knowledge we can bring to the table instead of our gender.

And to all women and girls looking to work in tech: send that job application! Even if you’re at 80% of the requirements, send it in – your eagerness to learn and improve will make you catch up quickly.

The sky is not the limit – sometimes the limit is you. Don’t be your own obstacle!

And make sure you join us at the next Women In Tech. 😀

Photos: Bruno Dubravec


About author:

Nikolina Kukoč

Researching is woven into my DNA, but I am a musician at heart. Interested in too many things and always curious. Forever in love with Split and enchanted by people who teach me new things. When I am not creating content about Split's tech community, you will find me in singing rehearsals, somewhere in nature, in the theater, or with my head stuck in a book. I do my best to live by the verse from the opera "Fedora" by Umberto Giordano: "Love forbids you not to love."

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