Why I'm learning to 'code'

Women need to learn the 'code' of the male professional to get ahead at work, says Ann Hyams.

by Ann Hyams

Learning to code is the on-trend skill to add to your CV, especially for millennials. And while HTML and CSS are all on my ever-increasing ‘to-do list’, I’ve decided to prioritise a different language. It's one that’s elusive to 50% of the population, but crucial if you want to climb the career ladder: the ‘code’ of the male professional.

Since university I have worked in two male-dominated offices and, to my own surprise, I have come to agree with commentators such as Michelle Miller, author of The Underwriting, who has written very frankly about the unconscious bias that pervades many corporate environments. I now believe that being successful in the workplace necessitates ‘thinking like a man’ and have been observing typical behaviours and noting the ‘code’ that fosters success. Here’s what I’ve learnt:

Code 1: Confidence

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