Digital Women’s Day
For almost 3 years, Amélie has been one of the few women employed at Tranquil IT, but she is above all the only woman in the company’s technical support department. On the occasion of the 7th edition of the Digital Women’s Day, meeting with Amélie, system administrator at Tranquil IT.
First of all, Amélie, can you tell us about your school career?
So, I started with a High School Degree (literature option), then I went on to study for a BTEC Higher National Diploma Services to Organizations with an Infrastructure, Systems and Network Solutions option. Those studies trains in the management of computer equipment or the administration of a network. And then, I did a complementary year of Bachelor Pro Free Software in sandwich course. And so I started at Tranquil IT in sandwich course for a year before being hired on permanent contracts as a system administrator almost 2 years ago now!
Why did you choose this job?
Already, I am obviously passionate about new technologies and the field of IT (Information Technology). In fact, I chose this sector of activity because it corresponds to what I expected from a job: permanent intellectual stimulation, freedom to work in a team or in complete autonomy, possibility of professional development, work in an office even if it requires some travel from time to time and then there is human contact too. We are in regular contact with customers, we have to be reactive but we feel useful.
What would you say to a girl who’s afraid to work in IT?
The IT field is accessible to both men and women, although statistics show that far fewer women work in the sector. Above all, we must not stop at preconceived ideas, it is over the prejudices of the old misanthropic hermit hiding in his office in the dark all day long (even if it still exists!). IT jobs are for everyone, we must not be discouraged by prejudices. Even though I admit that during my studies, we went from 9 girls in the first year to 5 in the second. And then, in my option, I was the only one! Development attracts more women than system administration, that is a fact.
How do you feel as a woman at Tranquil IT?
I feel good at Tranquil IT, there is no differentiation between men and women. I am valued according to my skills and not according to my gender. And I have a varied stock of tea as the men on the team don’t drink much!