This blog is part of our ongoing Women in Technology series.
Vivian Sargent recently joined as a Consulting Analyst on the Discovery Consulting team based in Seattle. She’s happy to have found a position that lets her combine her education in Business Communications and Digital Forensics and Investigations with her previous experience in project management, and is glad it aligns with her plans to pursue a master’s in Forensics. Her new colleagues, the wealth of opportunities, and Consilio as a whole have been her favorite part of 2021. Vivian’s plans for the future include adding expert witness testimony to her skills and devising a way to leverage her interest in international cultures with her chosen field of Forensics.
How did you get into this industry?
I established my make-up company at 16, working across the US and London. I did not have a degree in computer science and was ahead of the cybersecurity curve, so my interest in cybersecurity was dismissed as irrelevant. Eventually, my goals changed and I decided on a new plan. Instead of pursuing a career in cybersecurity, I transitioned into marketing and then technical project management.
What were some pivotal moments in your career that helped to get you to where you are today?
I felt there were holes in my self-taught technical background that I ultimately needed to fill with additional schooling. By luck, I met someone who was pursuing an education in computer forensics and she directed me to her program. It included the technical pieces I needed in addition to my security interests – so why not? Once enrolled, I met a phenomenal instructor who sparked my interest in eDiscovery and enlightened me about the field’s realistic career possibilities.
Have you ever noticed a time in your career where your gender proved to differentiate you?
At the time, no, but in hindsight, absolutely. My education and career began in Tennessee and Georgia where there are distinct gender roles. I was discouraged from career choices and behaviors perceived as “masculine.”
What is your advice for someone working in a predominately male workplace?
Follow your heart and do not give up, a job is not work when it is your passion. Also, do not be afraid or discouraged from being the first.
What do you think companies could do to motivate more women to pursue careers in technology?
Equal inclusion of women, both professionally and socially.