Women’s day at The Positive Thinking Company | Christel Pedelaborde

 “ There is room for men and for women. Be professional, master your topics, share, observe people and environment. Defend your opinions and do not be embarrassed to be the only women in the group. That can also be a force. “

Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your professional and educational background?   

I am Christel, I am 41 and I come from Southwestern France. After high school, I studied Mathematics for 2 years at the University. Then I had 3 possible choices: go on with Maths to become a teacher, follow one of my other passions and become a hairdresser, or try another direction I was curious to discover: Computer sciences! That was my final choice, so I moved to Nantes to study how to stay behind a PC during the whole day and week. 

Joking apart, I obtained an Engineer diploma in the UK and worked for a company designing mobile phones. This experience revealed how this job could be fascinating. Then I followed some of my colleagues back to France, to start an exciting adventure in a start-up, in Savoie, France. After several years and experiences, I finally ended up at Serial, mid-2018, to start a new challenging project and a new team. 

How did you become interested in the digital sector?    

I’ve always been curious. Besides, the interest I developed for Mathematics since I was a teen led me to the digital sector. 

What’s your opinion on the fact that the digital sector is not very feminised?   

Quite a fuzzy opinion on that point. According to my experience, most of my girl schoolmates became Project Managers almost directly after the diploma: this job is so large and interesting. Each mission can give you other perspectives in terms of tech but also in terms of people you work with. IT is only a mean, to serve different applications, different businesses. After almost 20 professional years, I am aware of how different the possibilities are to integrate different businesses (logistic, industries, administrations, banks, fashion industry, ecology, …). Being a great ‘geek’ is not mandatory, the real challenge consists in understanding and learning to serve better.  

What advice would you give to any women interested in a career in IT?   

Go!  There is room for men and for women. Be professional, master your topics, share, observe people and environment. Defend your opinions and do not be embarrassed to be the only women in the group. That can also be a force.  

Could you name an inspirational person that you’d like to have dinner with?   

Simone Veil, definitely! 

Which word would you use to define your vision for 2020? 

I hope 2020 will be marked by women determination and enjoyment! 

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