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Contract Renewed

Well, I officially have this job until the 31st of March. In January I'll be applying for the esteemed position of 'Systems Engineer' (because some annoying guy somewhere in the restructure plan decided we shouldn't be called Systems Administrators anymore... bleh).

The Director of ITD gave me a bit of a wink/nudge that because I'm young and I'm a girl I have an excellent chance of getting the job. I think they're afraid of the Systems team being a boys club.

I dunno, should I feel bad about my gender giving me an advantage here?

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splagxna
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
should you feel bad? not in the slightest. your gender sets you up for a lot of negatives to begin with, esp in the workplace. if we started from an equal footing with the guys, then yes, but we don't. women generally make less, are promoted less, etc (and that's just workplace issues) - consider this a little scale-balancing.
fabricdragon
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
good luck again..
and while it may be a bit odd to take advantage of your gender in this... i will point out that in modern society we often get a LOT of rather subtle discrimination against us because of our gender (more prominent in tech fields, but not only there) so consider it payback....
confusedcious
Nov. 29th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
I have found gender to be an advantage sometimes too. But as the others said, it can be a disadvantage too.

Generally I think I wouldn't be too stressed about something like gender advantage ... it's entirely out of your control.
nillion
Nov. 29th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
Another angle at this is that no guy is really going to be complaining about having a female body on the staff. Even the person you edged out probably would, in the abstract, be fine with the wink/nudge. You have bonus value?

>.>

I personally would take issue if my gender was a determinant on getting a job, but that's because I'm sort of a stickler for that kind of stuff. I don't think that it really matters that much all around, though.
bluestalking
Nov. 29th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
I always think it's kind of a twisted-up sexism to want to hire either gender because they're the minority in a workplace. Just because something works in your favor does NOT mean, in my opinion, that it isn't sexist. It's not your fault if they do work that way, so I'd say, accept that you are that rare miracle, a minority with benefits, and enjoy it.

After all, only majorities are allowed to have privilege-guilt. :D
sjonsvenson
Nov. 29th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
You should take the chances given.
If you do the job right no one will or can complain.
It would be different if you play the gender card to net a good job that you fail at.

Actually when hiring, especially tech jobs, they should be looking at composing a diverse team. Different ages, sexes, backgrounds etc. Building a team with all like-minded nerds is a ticket for disaster.
lady_yates
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
The whole gender card thing definitely does suck - but it's not you playing it, it's the university. Anyhow, you DESERVE the job regardless - if you really weren't as good as the next guy, then it'd be a little iffy, but you are, so I wouldn't worry about it.
mothershabooboo
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Would you feel bad if the coin had landed on the other face? Perhaps it's just from me being in a female dominint school/work were I'm exposed to crazy feminist notzies daily, but I think anything that puts you ahead that isint preformance obility or creativitiy should be strucken from though in turms of imployment. Plus, as everyrone here has said, you do deserve the job FROM your abilitys, not your gender.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 2nd, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
use the advantage and don't feel bad. You deserve the job. I wish you luck.

Coolman :DDD
(Anonymous)
Dec. 15th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
Idetrorce
very interesting, but I don't agree with you
Idetrorce
(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Thankyou!
Thankyou for writing Inverloch! I love it. It's 2.30am atm, but I can't go to bed cuz I can't stop reading it XD I'm reading it on the Opera Widget, and I'm loving every second of it. :D

Write lots more :P

Carys.
lt_pinkerton
Jan. 14th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
I think its perfectly acceptable to be worried about getting a job based on gender, but more often then not, they will still hire the more qualified person than the minority person. That usually becomes a factor when they are considering two people of equal or near-equal qualifications. But don't take that to mean that you shouldn't set the president that you don't take your gender into account when applying for the job, and feel it shouldn't be considered.

I know many American government agencies have problems where a less qualified person of minority will try to use that angle as to why they did not get the job. Settle their fears, and if they come down to you and another person of similar qualifications, they'll pick you based on work pace compatibility.

Sorry for the wall of text... but also! I'm the the San Francisco Area, and while riding BART, I saw two different people reading Inverloch!
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