5 reasons why mentorship is important for women in technology

The technology industry is a rapidly growing and constantly evolving field that has created vast opportunities for professionals across the globe. However, despite significant progress, the technology industry remains a male-dominated sector. Women in technology continue to face significant barriers and challenges, including discrimination, bias, and limited access to networking and mentorship opportunities. In this blog you will read more about the importance of mentorship for women in tech.

Julia Jakimenko
Julia Jakimenko
IT Business Analyst
2 minutes
May 25, 2023

Mentorship is a critical component in the professional development of women in technology sector. The right mentor can help women navigate the challenges of the industry, provide them with guidance and advice, and help them build the necessary skills and connections to advance their careers.

Here are 5 reasons why mentorship is important for women in technology:

1. Guidance and Support

Mentorship provides women with guidance and support, particularly in navigating the challenges that they face in the technology industry. Mentors can help women build their confidence, develop strategies to overcome challenges, and provide guidance on how to succeed in a male-dominated environment.

2. Career Advancement

Women often face challenges in advancing their careers specifically in tech sector. A mentor can help them identify opportunities for growth and advancement, provide advice on how to position themselves for new roles, and offer insights into the skills and experiences necessary for career success.

3. Skill Development

Mentors can help women develop the necessary technical and soft skills to succeed in the industry. This includes developing programming skills, project management skills, and other technical competencies, as well as communication and leadership skills.

4. Networking Opportunities

Mentors can introduce women to key contacts and networks in the technology industry. This can provide valuable opportunities for women to expand their professional networks, build relationships with industry leaders, and gain exposure to new opportunities.

5. Role Models

Mentors can serve as #rolemodels , particularly those who may not have access to female leaders in their organizations. Having a mentor who is a successful woman in the technology industry can inspire and motivate women to pursue their goals and achieve success.

How mentorships can help women in tech

Research shows that women who have mentors in the tech industry are more likely to advance to leadership positions, receive challenging assignments, and feel they are progressing in their careers. Interestingly enough, according to a study by LeanIn.Org, 60% of male managers say they are uncomfortable participating in mentoring relationships with women, highlighting the need for more female mentors in technology.

By increasing the number of women in technology, we can provide role models and mentors for future generations of women who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. This can help to inspire and empower more women to pursue careers in technology, creating a virtuous cycle of diversity and innovation. Increasing the representation of women in the industry would bring a wider range of perspectives and experiences to the table, create new economic opportunities for women and help to close the gender pay gap. Diverse perspectives and experiences can lead to more innovative solutions and products. 

Technology plays a crucial role in shaping our society and economy. It is important that the technology industry reflects the diversity of the society it serves and addresses the needs of all people, regardless of gender.


In conclusion, mentorship is a critical component in the professional development of women in tech industry. However, it is equally important to involve men in advocating for women and create space and opportunities for women to have a seat at the table. Women should consider becoming mentors themselves and that way not just give back to the tech community, but also pave a path for other women. By investing in mentorship programs, organisations can create a more inclusive and diverse industry that benefits everyone.

At Rabobank, there are several mentorship programs available. Think of mentorships for young professionals, woman in tech, for people who love to learn from each other as buddies or prefer a mentor outside the bank. Personal and professional development is available for everyone, in different shapes and forms. Although, I think we need to look outside the box when it comes to the creativity of how the mentorship programs are organized. Do you want to share some thoughts? Feel free to sent me a dm via LinkedIn.

About the author

Julia Jakimenko
Julia Jakimenko
IT Business Analyst
Julia is part of the team that develops HR information products and provides employee related insights to the business. Apart from main job, she has also founded Women* in Tech community and together with other community leads actively working on sustaining and growing it. Her personal passions are innovation technologies like AI /web3, entrepreneurship and of course supporting & inspiring women in technology industry. "It is fascinating to see how much we still haven’t discovered in this world and all the possibilities technology and science unfolds, with a bit of imagination & creativity!"