Tech careers for all: dispelling the myths around a role in technology
Despite efforts to level the playing field and encourage more women to consider a career in tech over the past few years, the figures are still nowhere near where they need to be.
Stats from the ONS in February revealed that fewer than a third of UK tech jobs are held by women and while this is a steady increase on the past few years, when you look at leadership and technical roles, the figures are far lower.
It’s difficult for me to digest these stats when I know a) how interesting, fulfilling and dynamic a career in tech can be, and b) just how much value women add to tech businesses. The stats speak for themselves. Companies with higher levels of equal representation are more profitable and companies with at least one woman on the board of directors outperform those without any women by 26%, according to Gartner figures.
My journey into tech
My own journey into the sector almost started after I graduated in business – I had the option of working on a graduate scheme for IBM or working for a toiletries company helping to run the retail accounts for the likes of M&S and Next. Contrary to where I am now, I chose the latter. Mostly due to the fact I could conceptualize where it fit and the supply chain was more obvious. IBM and what the business did other than hardware eluded me – and the IT world seemed slightly greyer back then.