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An Open Letter to Women Interested in a Mainframe Career…

By | March 19, 2024

Written by Lauren Valenti, Head of Mainframe Education and Customer Engagement at Broadcom and Member of the Open Mainframe Project Technical Advisory Council

As you begin this exciting journey, I want to offer you some encouragement and guidance to help you navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead.

First, your decision to explore mainframe technology is a wise one. Despite the perceptions and myths that mainframes are going away, they continue to play a critical role in enterprises all over the world, from banking and finance to healthcare and transportation, and many more.  Your unique perspective, skills and experience will bring a fresh and innovative approach to the table. The industry can only benefit from having more diversity and inclusion.

Seek opportunities to learn and grow in the role you want to pursue. Whether through formal education programs, online courses, or hands-on experiences, networking events, look to expand your knowledge and skills to stay relevant in the evolving world of the mainframe. Embrace each challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow further.

Remember, you are not alone on this journey. There are resources, mentors, and communities available. Connect with other women in mainframe technology to share experiences, offer support and build a strong network of allies. Let us help you navigate the ups and downs of your mainframe career.

Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and acknowledge the progress you’ve made. Each achievement is a testament to your hard work, grit and strength and you should be proud of how far you’ve come.

Above all, never underestimate the power of self-belief. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Trust you have what it takes to overcome any challenge that comes your way and to make a meaningful impact on the world around you.

I wish you the best of luck on your journey into the world of mainframe. I can’t wait to see what you will achieve. Keep pushing forward, stay true to yourself, and never forget how capable and deserving you are of success!

I’d like to close with one of my favorite quotes:

 “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter