How being a Woman FileMaker Pro Developer, is a business advantage.
As you might have learned, I started out as a Fine Arts major. Computers were new, I had only taken one computer class. But after getting my first real job as a paste up artist for the PennySaver. I changed my major to a Graphic Artist. I worked on my first Mac in 1990, the computer department was all men.
Since then I have worked for many companies. I have worked under Woman managers and Men managers. If you were to ask me which ones were better managers I would most likely tell you that I have worked for just as many good men managers as I have good woman managers and vice versa.
So what is my reasoning for pointing out I am a woman owned and operated company? Well this month I attended 2016 FileMaker DevCon, (a conference for FileMaker developers and companies using FileMaker Pro for their business.) Each year they have a Woman of FileMaker luncheon, which sadly I missed.
But I can tell you that as I was reading the program, I thought to myself why is there a luncheon for women?! Well first, I learned that Women of FileMaker makes up only 20% of all FileMaker Pro developers. I have never considered myself different, but I have been thinking for some time I am the best looking woman in the room. (Most likely because I am usually the only woman in the room).
But seriously, when I thought about it why are there so few women when some of the most important skills of being a FileMaker pro developer women excel in: Organization, Memory, Multitasking, Communication, Collaboration.
During my 2016 FileMaker DevCon I attended one Of Jonathan Stark Filemaker presentations, I landed there on accident only to learn it was one of the best things about this years developer conference for me personally. Jonathan spoke about business strategies and how to differentiate yourself in a pool of others who do exactly what you do.
His advise was to present yourself for what makes you different and although I struggled with the idea. I have decided I am different. I am a woman, and a FileMaker Pro developer.
Choosing a developer can be difficult, but by being prepared and asking the right question before getting started can ease your stress and create a long lasting prosperous relationship for both parties.
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