Tech firms must do everything within their power to engage more children and females in IT careers
Category: Industry News, IT, equality, technology, female
It is essential that tech firms do everything within their power to engage more women and children in IT careers, according to Todd Thibodeaux, CEO of CompTIA.
Thibodeaux believes that most women are put off the idea of pursuing a career in IT because of some of the general myths around the profession.
He explains: “The biggest myth is that you have to be a maths and science genius to work in IT and that you need to have all these engineering and maths skills, but that’s not true.
“You can, with very little maths or science skills, be a successful IT professional.”
The sector is currently dominated by males and Thibodeaux believes IT businesses may have struggled to recruit women in the past due to a lack of female role models available in the industry.
“If you’re a guy you can point to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. However, if you’re a female could you point to Carly Fiorina who used to run HP? Can you point to Meg Whitman who is the current head of HP?
“You don’t have a lot of female role models, but we’re starting to get a few such as Marissa Mayer who runs Yahoo. However, we do need more trailblazers."
In addition, he believes that his firm’s new programme, Dream IT, will help to make IT careers more attractive to women and members of the younger generation.
He says: “Through our ‘Dream It’ programme that our women in IT put together, we aim to communicate what working for an IT company is about. It’s not just the technical careers where they’re not attracting women to tech companies it’s in all kind of roles, like marketing and finance.
“Those are the vast majority of jobs in tech companies so we need to do a better job of showing young girls that those jobs exist in tech companies, and explain to them that it’s not just about tech and that these topics are fun.”
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