Delta Capita's Khrystyna Andronova on women in tech consulting

24 March 2021 4 min. read

This month, Khrystyna Andronova celebrates her seven-year anniversary at Delta Capita. Now a Senior Consultant within Delta Capita’s Structured Products business, she explains about her work at the consulting firm and diversity in the financial services technology consulting scene.

What does your job role involve?

As a Senior Consultant I play an integral role in contributing to the successful execution of client engagement and building the firm’s reputation for quality service. I work directly with clients on delivering and implementing our global digital platform that brings true innovation to our clients by accelerating their pace of fintech adoption, enabling rapid experimentation and delivery of cutting-edge technology.

My role involves everything from the start of the client engagement, for example developing client proposals that help clients understand new opportunities that can transform their business, all the way to the delivery of our services to a client. Later includes supporting the delivery methodology, delivery planning, establishing, and executing appropriate governance structures.

Khrystyna Andronova, Senior Consultant, Delta Capita

My job includes coordination across multiple disciplines and organisations and key stakeholder management. My role also requires good understating of the technology and front-to-back business processes.

What made you choose a career in technology?

Technology is part of everything we do, be it professionally or personally and I can hardly think of any business that will thrive in the future without having the right technology at the core of its operations, be it Finance, Healthcare or Agriculture. Technology is not an option for tomorrow’s success – it is a prerequisite and at the same time the biggest challenge for many organisations.

And it is this that excites and makes me proud about my career in technology – helping our clients to overcome their biggest challenges by delivering digital reinvention so that their business can flourish.

Did you study an IT or technology related subject at A-Level or University?

Yes, Computing was one of my A-Level subjects and I have completed a degree in MSci Information Management for Business at University College London which included a wide range of IT related modules such as Programming, Databases, Software Development, AI and Cognitive Systems to name a few.

Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?

Yes, before starting my position at Delta Capita I worked at Société Générale in the Cash Equity Technology team.

Do you think there is a lack of females in the IT and tech sector?

Well, there are numerous research studies that show that women make up just a small percentage of IT specialists in the UK, I’ve seen one study done by United Nations University and EQUALS showing just 17%. That number is very low considering that the tech industry is booming, attracting fundings from venture capitalists, and creating new amazing career opportunities.

Do you find there is a stereotype that a career in IT or technology is just for men?

From my experience in the financial world females tend to do more Business Analysis/Project Management roles within IT rather than pure development roles. If we focus on pure development, then I would say yes, the stereotype is still there.

What would entice women to study technology related courses?

Technology jobs are in high demand and a woman that has an understanding of technology will have cutting edge knowledge that is crucial for starting a successful career. Technology jobs can be challenging at times but you will always learn something new and have a steep learning curve.

Are there barriers when it comes to women getting into tech?

Nowadays companies try to encourage more females to join their technology teams in order to diversify the male dominated areas. Which is absolutely the right way forward. I believe if women have a passion for technology combined with the knowledge and expertise in the technology field, there should be no barriers to entry into the technology sector.

How could we encourage more women to start a career in tech?

I have seen in recent years a lot of new forums such as Girls in Tech, Team SheCanCode that promote women in technology, which helps with education and career development through a number of networking events and workshops, and I think these are truly amazing at encouraging more women to go into tech.

Focusing on the benefits and the growth of the technology sector and potential career opportunities starting from school and college, should certainly lead to higher interest among girls at school taking STEM subjects, which will lead to a higher uptake of technical university degrees.