Careers in the IT and technology industry are rewarding, constantly evolving, and offer continuous personal development. So why is there still such a significant gender imbalance in this field?
That’s the question Blue Frontier’s female colleagues seek to address in the latest video discussing women in tech and IT careers. In the video, we discuss preconceptions, inequalities, routes into tech, and career opportunities for women in the industry.
While the technology sector is rapidly growing, just 3%1 of females say a career in technology is their first choice, highlighting a potential gender imbalance.
Low awareness of job opportunities and career paths plays a significant role in why some women might not be considering tech related jobs.
The limited representation of female industry role models in the media could also mean that young girls are less likely to aspire to work in the industry. Just 22%2 of people can name a famous female working in technology. We’re yet to see any female tech entrepreneurs become household names like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, which means that tech subjects may not even be on the radar when young women are narrowing down their education choices.
In a world where technology is constantly developing, so are the entry routes into the field. Just because you didn’t study a traditional tech or IT subject at school, college or university, that doesn’t mean that a future in the industry is out of the question. It’s never too late to return to education or retrain in a new discipline. Thanks to the internet, there's an abundance of free resources and training courses online that enable anyone to research and train.
There’s a whole host of IT related career paths and personal development opportunities available for both men and women alike. In order to establish equality of opportunity, as a society, we need to ensure that women and girls are presented with the same opportunities as men so that it is fundamentally their choice which career path they choose.
Employers in technology need to continue working to remove any gender imbalance within the sector, and offer more development opportunities to encourage more women to consider a career in the IT and technology industry.