Listen, it's important... women in IT needed!

As part of our Women in IT month campaign, Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen and Kate Russell, journalist and author, discuss why it’s important for more women to be part of the IT profession.

Gillian Arnold Kate Russell


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    Karen wrote on 2nd May 2014

    The IT industry has such a wide range of opportunities - it's no longer just about being a programmer or software developer. With today's wide appeal more women should start to be attracted to join the profession.

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    Ruth wrote on 8th May 2014

    Very true, but when not employed because you've got no practical skills in programming or software development or any IT related though theoretical knowledge, how then can interested woman like me get to join IT profession.

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    Gerry wrote on 8th May 2014

    Do we have numbers on how many women are working in IT currently compared to men? In my organisation I would say its pretty level and in my software development degree it was 50/50.

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    Lynda wrote on 8th May 2014

    Ruth - if you are interested in a career in IT, read some of the advice given by women featured in our women in IT campaign this month www.bcs.org/itwomen. Many suggest taking free courses to get a grounding and some experience. We've also got quite a lot of career advice on our website which may help.

    Gerry - research suggests that currently, women account for between 15-18% of IT professionals.

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    Christianne Ribeiro wrote on 9th May 2014

    Can anybody in the BCS Women team move the campaign to the secondary schools? Probably starting at Y9? When students have to choose their options?
    If more of you, successful women in IT, speak about your career in schools, we would certainly encourage more girls to join us!

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    Gillian Arnold wrote on 9th May 2014

    Ruth
    There are lots of other careers in IT - and it would be useful to look around you (if you are currently employed) at roles that sit on the periphery - for example, purchasing (for technology), or marketing for technical serivces or for hardware and software, or recruitment for technology, or PR.....or for the sciences (where an understanding of the use of compute is becoming ubiquitous)......many of these things can become a good career step and can let you dip your toe into the water to see what you like about it. The OU did have a course for women returners to IT, and BCSWomen are planning an Open Source taster day (well three actually) for later in the year. If you send your email address to the BCS at customerservice@hq.bcs.org.uk and tell them that you are interested in that...we can put your name on the 'interested' list.

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    Christine wrote on 19th May 2014

    Re school girls and career decisions. In the NW the Manchester Branch together with other STEM institutions run a series of Career Fairs aimed helping students decide on a career. Unfortunately most attendees are male, perhaps because it is called "Engineering Your Future" see http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/news/engineering-your-future-career-awareness-days-in-the-north-west for information.
    Note I believe this also happens in London,

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