Advice From Women in Computer Sciences
Career Development Find out what's driving the next generation of female computer scientists, and what advice they have for the next generation.
When did you first become interested in computer science?
Roselyne Tchoua: I became interested in computer science as a research participant at my first job. I had studied electrical engineering but was working on developing a web interface to simulations running on supercomputers.
Zhou Yu: I took an extracurricular course in my elementary school, where I learned my first programing language, Basic. At that moment, I did not realize it was related to computer science, but I liked the logic involved in writing programs. It is also a lot of fun to automate trivial tasks.
Why do you think it's important to encourage women to pursue a career in technology?
RT: I think it is important to encourage women to pursue a career in technology because there are studies that show that a more diverse work environment can be more innovative and productive.
ZY: Having a diversified environment makes workplaces more innovative and dynamic. I recommend watching the Pixar animation Purl for inspiration.
Was there a specific moment or person who inspired you to want to study this major?
RT: There hasn't been a particular person who inspired me to want to study this field, but since I have chosen it, I've found several inspiring mentors and colleagues that have kept me curious, interested and amazed.
ZY: I would say joining the Microsoft student club in my first year of college inspired me to pick the computer science major.
What is some advice you would give to young women interest in this field?
RT: Ask questions and find out about opportunities that this field can offer and look beyond some of the stereotypes that you may have heard about the people in the field.
ZY: You have to believe in yourself that you can handle all the difficult courses. If you don't believe in yourself, you will never succeed. If you put your mind to it, the universe will come together to help you achieve your goals.