I come from the same world. I'll tell you a story. For a short period of time in my early career, I was working as a Product Manager for team of software engineers. As a Product Manager, my job was to lead the team and provide details on what the engineers were going to code up next. I was the only female on a team of 10 males, all varying in age. Despite my anxieties of not being taken seriously due to my age (I was a lot younger and less experienced than my team), we trusted each other. I was fresh out of undergrad and given this amazing opportunity to build something amazing with a group of talented, brilliant professionals. And we did just that.
You will meet people in your life that will cheer you on and hold doors open for you. You will also meet people who may give you grief, intentionally or unintentionally. Always remember that you are capable and a rockstar and show the rest of the world that. Here's some things that were taught to me when I was worried about the same things:
- Build and form a support group of allies
- Always be diplomatic
- When something doesn't sit well with you, raise your hand and mention it.
- Remain authentic to who you are