How To Work and Win In The Tech Industry - Rija Javed, CTO

Rija Javed, CTO and Tech Consultant, shares her career story and career advice for young people. Rija began her career in Silicon Valley as a software developer, before becoming one of the first female CTOs in the Fintech industry. She’s now an independent technology consultant and shares some of experiences and the lessons she learned in this interview. Rija shares some great advice for young people wanting to get into the tech industry, around the skills that you should work on and her top tips for success. Areas discussed include:

  • Her career path from school to Silicon Valley (the tech startup hub in America)
  • How she feels about representation and inclusion within the tech industry
  • Why you should surround yourself with people who can advocate for you
  • Key skills for students who want to work in tech 
  • Why you should take advantage of your network 
  • Thinking ahead to where you want to be in 5 years

The Circl Interview Series asks leaders of the UK’s most exciting businesses to share their career paths and advice with the next generation of talent. Check out our other interviews with professionals from organisations such as Bulb, PwC and Alexander Hall.