How to Navigate the Tech Industry as an Entry-Level Queer Professional
Written by: Allegra Hu
It’s daunting attempting to land your first tech job as a member of the Queer community- and even more so as someone with intersecting identities and experiences. The tech industry continues to struggle with 2SLGBTQ+ representation from entry-level to leadership, which disproportionately affects genderqueer and transgender people of color. With the lack of representation at all organizational levels getting reflected in workplace cultures and hiring practices, it’s no wonder that it can feel isolating and frustrating when trying to get (or keep) your first tech job. You can do everything right to impress the hiring team- you might even get the job, but biases still exist that are out of your control. Know that you are not alone, and there are resources to help you find mentorship, community, and opportunities that lead you to safe and inclusive work environments. Here are a few good places to start:
Sign Up for Queer Mentorship Programs:
Many 2SLGBTQ+-led organizations offer mentorship programs, which provide opportunities for entry-level professionals to connect with more experienced individuals who will be able to provide invaluable insight from their own experiences working in the tech industry as a queer person. The QueerTech Access program is a great place to start and happens twice a year with applications made available in the winter and summer. These programs can provide valuable guidance and support as you navigate your career journey.