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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

More than 80% of women in tech would recommend tech career to young women | ComputerWeekly.com - TechTarget

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Booking.com has found that a majority of women in the technology industry would recommend a career in the sector to young women in schools, as well as to female undergrads, according to Clare McDonald, Business editor at Computer Weekly.

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Women in the technology industry are very likely to recommend a career in technology to young women in education, as well as female undergraduates, according to Booking.com.

Research by the online travel firm found 84% of female tech sector professionals would encourage other young women into the technology industry, with 37% saying that women working in the sector could help to improve the gender split in tech if they joined initiatives aimed at encouraging girls and women into science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

Gillian Tans, CEO at Booking.com, said there seems to be a “sense of optimism” among women in the technology industry that there will eventually be increased diversity.

“It is encouraging and inspiring to see women in technology doing incredible things every day, including actively taking steps to engage with future generations, making their voices heard and launching programmes and initiatives with the goal to help drive further gender diversity in the tech workforce,” she said.

Young women have previously said they want more encouragement from role models already in the industry to pursue careers in Stem, and a lack of visible or accessible role models has often been cited as a reason that young women do not choose careers in Stem as “you can’t be what you can’t see”...

Almost half said mentoring other women is a good way to encourage them into Stem, and half of female undergraduates said the same.
But women are also claiming that it is the responsibility of technology companies to hire more diverse candidates, as well as shine a light on role models and encourage mentoring.
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Source: ComputerWeekly.com - TechTarget


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