UCL School of Management alumna Alejandra García recently featured in a panel at online retailer Zalando’s internal Women in Tech event to discuss the advice she would give to women just starting a career in the tech industry. Currently the company’s Head of Product Management and Analytics, Alejandra graduated from the School’s MSc Business Analytics programme in 2018 and joined Zalando shortly after.
Discussing those early career years, the all-female panel highlight the significance of adaptability and the employee/manager relationship. According to Alejandra, it’s important to ‘stay really open to opportunities and change. Think about what you like and don’t like so that you can make the right decisions, [and] make sure you share your aspirations with your manager’.
The panel unanimously expressed that a two-way and communicative relationship is important for establishing a common ground that benefits both parties. As for career growth, Alejandra highlights the importance of new challenges that enable learning and growth on a day-to-day basis - a message echoed by her fellow panellists. Ultimately, the article notes the importance of women supporting women throughout their career journeys and highlights the need for communities that support women working in the tech industry.