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Encouraging More Women to Consider a Career in Tech

Date Monday, 09 March 2020 Sammy-Jo-Wilsher , In: Company News

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?

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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.

 

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Why Are There Fewer Women in Tech?

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.

 

The Future for the Industry

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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.

References

1PWC UK
Women in Tech, Time to close the gender gap #womenintech
pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/women-in-technology/time-to-close-the-gender-gap

2PWC UK
Women in Technology Report
pwc.co.uk/women-in-technology/women-in-tech-report-infographic.pdf

Sammy-Jo-Wilsher

Sammy-Jo-Wilsher

Digital Marketer

Sammy enjoys thinking outside the box, finding new ways to attract and engage users. Having graduated with a degree in Media Arts, specialising in Transmedia, she has a broad knowledge of digital media, multi-platform marketing and consumer behaviour. Since joining Blue Frontier, Sammy has enjoyed developing her skills and knowledge of digital marketing, and is constantly striving to think of new ways to market her clients, driving valuable organic online traffic to their businesses.