Survival guide for women in IT

C1 | Mon 21 Jan | 11:55 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Presented by

  • Anna Fiofilova

    Anna Fiofilova was born in USSR and grew up in Ukraine. From early on developed a keen interest in mathematics and was lucky enough to learn basic programming at school. This resulted in her enrolling to study Computer Systems at Networks at her local university and completing a Masters degree. Anna moved to Melbourne in 2012 (just before the Higgs Boson was discovered) and joined ThoughtWorks, where she learned about gender diversity, what 'Agile' really means, and had the chance to work with a great group of smart people. Anna now works with REA Group as a Senior Developer. Throughout her career, Anna has faced many challenges relating to her gender, including bullying, discrimination, and ignorance, and will share some of her experiences at this year's conference.


Working in the IT industry today is hard, but it is even harder if you are a woman. There is still lots of “old school thinking" that women face daily. This talk is a survival guide based on real-life stories and different challenges from women of different ages, cultural backgrounds and roles in the Australian IT industry. Like any survival guide, this one provides you with the essential information to help you identify and overcome the most frequently encountered hazards. Each chapter contains useful tips, instructions and practical advice on a particular issue so you can implement the skills and techniques even under the most stressful circumstances. From the hiring process to promotions and corporate events, you'll have the tools to survive. You will learn these skills and more: * Assess your situation and prioritize your needs; * Surviving techniques for the hiring process; * Assemble your own custom emergency kit with essentials tools; * Manage extreme work conditions and overtime; * Survive corporate parties and drinks; * Build trust network and create allies; * Identify your enemies and their habits. Preparation is the key. If you are starting your career in IT or navigating through it - this guide is for you. Linux Australia: YouTube: