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Get Advice from Our Founder and Meet a UX Researcher and Product Manager
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We’re sharing the career stories of a UX researcher and product manager from our community. Plus, our founder, Avni, helps you navigate your career woes. Also, we’ve curated some helpful resources and fully remote jobs! 😉
Learn about the career paths of these amazing women from the Gen She community & connect with them on social media! 👇️
Gabby W. | UX Researcher @ Cisco Meraki
From a Computer Science student to a UX Researcher at Cisco Meraki, Gabby's journey has been a vibrant adventure of self-discovery. She soon found her passion in art, design, and architecture, using coding challenges as stepping stones to graphic design. An enriching internship at the CIA in 2019 widened her horizons, prompting a university switch to delve deeper into Graphic Design. Today, Gabby will soon graduate with a BA in Painting and Printmaking, fulfilling her ambition to blend design with technology. Behind each LinkedIn job post is an unseen journey of tenacity and dedication. Gabby's path epitomizes this. The essence of her story? Never stop chasing your dreams. Pausing is okay, surrendering to doubt is not. Believe in yourself, persist, and cherish the journey - the destination is truly rewarding. Connect with Gabby on LinkedIn.
Karen H. | Product Manager @ Microsoft
Karen's professional journey is a diverse tapestry, encompassing roles from event management at Nasdaq, UI/UX design, social media marketing, to wedding planning. Her stint at Generation She, inspired by our founder Avni, ignited a passion for product management. She was enthralled by the process of leveraging metrics, addressing user pain points, and working collaboratively to create products users love. She boasts some significant accomplishments: earning a certification in wedding planning and successfully executing a wedding; contributing to the UI/UX of Queue app, boasting over 5.3k ratings and a 4.7-star score; and securing an internship at Microsoft, leading to a full-time offer following two successful projects. Karen's journey, filled with fun and learning, highlights the importance of collaboration. She's filled with gratitude for those who supported her journey and the opportunities she had, affirming that success is a collective effort. Connect with Karen on LinkedIn.
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Our founder, Avni, answers your career questions! We’re here to support you through your career journey, regardless of the highs or lows. ❤️
swegirl asks: Hey Avni! I’m a 25yo software engineer and the team I work with is toxic - namely the senior software engineer on my team. He makes the work environment very political and I have to deal with microaggressions daily from him trying to micromanage the rest of us. Our team lead is not really helping the situation either - just perpetuating the office politics. How do I push back and stand up for myself without causing a scene or losing my job?
avni says: I’m so sorry you have to deal with that. It’s incredibly difficult to put up with a toxic work environment when you’re just trying to do your job and live your life (companies, do better!). I think sometimes as women we fear standing up for ourselves or taking up space due to an ingrained sense of imposter syndrome - almost believing we don’t/can’t deserve better. Know that it’s never wrong to push back against unfair treatment and in the (unlikely) event you face some big consequence, that company never deserved you in the first place. Now that we’ve discussed mindset, here are some things you can try…
Screenshot everything - save evidence of any chat exchanges, emails, etc. that prove mistreatment.
Talk to other coworkers to see if they’ve had the same experiences and consider approaching your team lead or manager(s) together.
If you feel comfortable enough, meet with the senior software engineer 1:1 and convey your concerns. This is a precarious situation because you have to be careful with what you say to avoid creating a bigger conflict. Plan out what you will say beforehand and review it with a trusted friend or colleague. Make sure you convey your concerns in a constructive manner. Avoid using “you” statements and focus on using “I” statements to ensure the senior SWE doesn’t feel attacked.
Discuss the situation with your manager or skip manager. It is quite literally their job to help resolve conflicts like this so hopefully they can be a good source of support. Try your best to convey the situation in a calm and unbiased manner and show them any evidence you have of mistreatment.
If you can’t do any of the above, maybe it’s a sign that you should look for a new job. We all deserve to thrive in our work environment, not suffer. Spend any free time you have looking for new jobs - look for open positions on other teams, apply to other companies, reach out to your network, etc.
Regardless of what you decide to do, I wish you all the best in resolving this problem! Just keep in mind that the worst thing you can do for your long-term career satisfaction and mental health is to do nothing. ❤️
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