– Such a survey requires thorough preparation, and we also need support by associations, companies and experts capable of analyzing the data. We need to define exact premises in order to come to accurate conclusions. I hope that we will carry out the research in 2017, so that we could compare the results in the years to come.DON'T COMPLAIN!
After working in various IT companies for several years, Nevena Sofranic stepped into entrepreneurial waters. A little over a year ago, she founded a tech talent agency called Omnes. This is a team of recruiters which help companies find and hire qualified candidates.
– My career has advanced gradually, and I started working in the IT industry as an assistant. Later, I advanced to HR and now I'm an entrepreneur. One learns to love this industry quickly, because it consists of educated, smart people, who work on improving the world each day. The IT sector has a lot to offer, from working with computers, through coding, to some other positions leaning towards management. There's a whole array of professions within IT and that's what makes it interesting and attractive.eKapija: What made you decide to start the ITgirls project?
– I started ITgirls.rs together with Nemanja Cedomirovic. We are both accomplished professionals and we wanted to support the community in some way. We arrived at the topic of women in IT through discussion and the project arose spontaneously. We met with a lot of criticism initially, but at the end of the day, it was important to us to hear that we had managed to motivate at least one young woman. This is how the Nooberka
section was established, a blog which Danijela (Rasic, author's comment) is writing while she's studying the basics of coding. Also, Tatjana (Knezevic, author's comment) looks for positive local examples and then introduces them to our readers through interviews
eKapija: Who are your role models in this business? What is the best advice you've been given?
– I grew up next to a strong female role model. It might be a cliché, but it's my mother. She raised me to have confidence and be ambitious. I remember her successes from when I was a child and my desire to make similar accomplishments some day. Unfortunately, I have no other female role models, but Elon Musk is one of the people I find inspiring.
The best advice I've ever received came from my mentor: “Don't complain!” Trust me when I tell you it's applicable in countless situations, from job interviews to negotiations with clients.M.M.