When and how did you join TRANSACTIS?
I have a post-graduate diploma in computer science and networks from Paris VI. I was one of the pioneers, as I joined Transactis at the beginning of the adventure on 1st April 2008. There were 13 of us from La Banque Postale who built the Front Office.
I started as a network engineer in service companies such as CAP Gemini and ATOS, which introduced me to e-banking at its early stages of development. I joined the IT department at La Poste as a consultant and stayed on as a project manager for automatic teller machines. I moved up the ladder at La Poste, then at La Banque Postale, first as a team manager and then as a department manager.
How do you see your job and the progress you have made today?
It’s still a great adventure. I don’t regret anything – I’m proud of it. I identify with the values promoted by Transactis and I hope I’ve done my part to build something worthwhile.
My job matches up well with my initial training.
As a child, I was fascinated by space exploration, then by the early days of computers. It was a fast-growing sector with many opportunities. I could have changed fields, but this industry has been very diverse and dynamic so far, as well as very concrete and technical.
Each new project is a challenge to overcome.
How did you get along in this male environment?
Things have gone quite well for me in this environment. I never felt any difference in behaviour. There was always a mix even if we women were outnumbered. It is true that the field of ATMs is an even more technical field than other aspects of IT because it requires hardware skills to install, operate and update ATMs.
Any crisis teaches us a lot about adapting to the situation and reacting quickly, setting up a task force to solve the problem, mobilising the right people to analyse and find the solution. The next step is to take stock of the situation as part of a continuous improvement process.
It is above all a team effort.
Challenges fuel me through professional slumps.
What can you tell us about gender diversity at Transactis? How are the interactions between men and women?
It is not the ratio of men to women that matters. Rather, what counts are the skills of the people and the team they form and the osmosis between the team members. Gender diversity is not an issue. We make it an issue when we talk about it. We must ensure that women’s rights are respected – salaries, maternity leave, etc. – but there should not be any gaps.
At Transactis women are fairly well represented, especially in management positions. We can always dream of a more inclusive and supportive society, but we need to tackle the problem upstream, by focusing on the post-secondary education of girls.
The IT speciality is introduced too late in the school curriculum, schools lack IT resources, there are no IT classes in secondary schools etc. More school outreach is needed.
The fact that there are fewer women in the IT field is a reductive view of computer scientists, who are often equated with geeks and developers. Although there are lots of different digital jobs, they are shrouded in mystery. There is an image problem.
“All for one, one for all!”