Kristél Hartmann is currently working as a practice principle at RedScreen, a consulting company which works in the BI field. She graduated from Belgium Campus in 2018 with a Bachelor of Computing degree. We spent some time getting up to speed with her.
1. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the IT field?
I wanted to be part of the small group of women who pursue their dream of being a young professional in a so called ‘difficult’ field. I dream of working until no one asks what my name is - I am still working on this dream.
2. Do you feel that Belgium Campus sufficiently equipped you to enter industry?
Belgium Campus gave me a solid base to build on and eventually excel with. I had enough knowledge to enter a scary career and improve my knowledge and skills.
3. What is your fondest memory of your time at Belgium Campus?
The moment we found out that our Penn State project won the Student Research and Design Competition, sponsored by the RERC on AAC: https://rerc-aac.psu.edu/2016-winner-of-student-research-and-design-competition/
4. What has your experience at RedScreen been like so far?
I have been absolutely blessed here. I have been promoted several times until receiving my own team / little practice to take care of. Hard work pays off at RedScreen and you get recognised for what you accomplish. I have gone on multiple training courses and I have been certified by some of our partner companies.
5. What has your experience as a woman in the IT field been like so far?
I have had bad experiences where I was told that they don't want a young woman doing the work. That just made me stronger as a woman, it made me work harder! There are tough times and there are great times. Being a woman in the IT industry, and being good at what I do, I am exceptionally proud of myself and my colleges for making it this far.
6. What advice would you give to young women considering a career in IT?
If IT is your dream, being a woman shouldn't stop you from pursuing it! Go for it, grab it with both hands and power dress! Put on red lipstick and high heels to celebrate your womanhood and make a powerful statement. Be you and go for it!
7. What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to become a director at the company where I currently work. I believe that I have the capability to be part of the directors’ team - one day...