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Deciding to go into IT was quite a journey for me – I found that whilst I was growing up, there were so many paths I could take but never figured out what was appealing to me.
When I was young, I had a huge interest in computers and at one point thought I had all the ingredients to become a master hacker, I was just so interested in the logic behind systems – which was something that no one really educated me about back then.
It wasn’t until I reached my GCSEs where I accidentally picked IT as one of my subjects that my interest was re-ignited. I always had it in my head that IT was ‘just for boys’ but that was quickly shaken off by my female IT teacher who encouraged me to take it a step further.
It was my favourite subject and I loved the fact that IT wasn’t just about being technical. It has so many different elements like design and analysis alongside abit of coding. After alot of research I decided to go into university to study IT, and soon realised how under represented females are in the field!
I made it my goal to make it into an IT related job, to bring a sense of diversity and try to be a role model for those who think IT is ‘just for boys’.
By Sidra Khan
There were three ‘P’ reasons why I wanted to go into IT.
1) Pragmatical -Technology is always developed for resolving some problem or searching the opportunities. As a STEM female, it’s quite fun to tackle the challenges with practical approach, isn’t it?
2) Potential – IT is always growing and it’s never ending journey to find something new or learn something old deeper. It meets my purpose to do something new for people.
3) People – There always exists people behind IT. I love people and love to help people. I believe IT is a partner of people to make our life easier.
Those are why I really like to be a part of IT.
By Yoko Nishida, GSK
LinkedIn: Yoko Nishida
I chose to study IT beacause it is now an integral part of our lives.
I am fascinated by rapid IT innovations and benefits they bring to us therefore, I enjoy learning and being a part of this field.
By Salina Gurung
The reason why I went into IT is because I had a genuine passion for Technology from a young age. Although, I did consider different career paths my love and curiosity concerning the rapid development of technology continued to grow. Therefore, I chose to study computer science at university.
My course continued to deepen my interest because it became evident that technology has no limits as you can create whatever you desire. The only thing that could limit you is your lack of skills which can easily be improved with a bit of practice.
I went into IT because it doesn’t put you in a box. It encourages you to think outside the box to get the best results.
By Titilayo Belo
In a digital age, it seemed imperative to understand how IT has influenced our everyday life drastically, hence, studying IT at university was taking a step towards exploring ever changing field of technology.
By Solomi Gurung
I am one of the many people who just fell into IT to be honest. In fact, I am currently running a Women in Tech Survey and initial results are showing nearly half of the women interviews (who work in IT), just fell into their IT jobs!
Anyway, my story is that I was looking for a new challenge and change of environment. The employment agency recommended an admin job in an IT department for a software company. I have to say, I was not excited at the prospect as I imagined it to be a very “male” environment and that it would probably not be for me, I really didn’t want to work in an “IT Crowd” type of environment!
However, I went along for the interview and when I arrived I was very surprised to see one of the interviewers was a lady. Almost immediately I felt more at ease knowing that, if I was to get the job, I would not be the only female in the department. There is a lot to be said for having women on the interview panel and it was a smart move by the hiring IT Manager nearly 18 years ago!
Anyway, I really enjoyed the interview, liked the idea of this interesting new challenge and he rest is history as they say!
By Sarah Lewis, Founder of The Techie Girls
I got into coding because I was dealing with PTSD and my husband, a web developer recommended I try it.
When I coded, my brain stopped cycling the trauma I had been through. I found the group Moms Can: Code to support me in my motherhood and coding journey and the amazing program at Flatiron School to keep me engaged and part of a wonderful educational community.
And then all the pieces fit together to get me in tech.
By Bekah Hawrot Weigel
Throughout this week of #DoIT, there have been many posts from me to say why I have personally chosen to do IT as a career, and why I think you should also. But today, there will be several women telling you why they choose to #DoIT.
If you’d be interested in learning more, sharing your story or simply just connecting, feel free to get in touch via social media or leave comment 🙂
10% of IT A-level students are females. 20% of Computer related degree graduates are females.
Many people ask me what can we do to increase the amount of females within the technology industry… I simply reply reach out to younger generations and encourage them to pursue it. This is one of the reasons I’ve created this blog and this is the aim behind this campaign is to try to inspire and encourage girls that STEM and IT is possible for them.
Only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs were women.
Diversity stretches further than female/male ratio, in the USA not many businesses have Latino, Black, or other racial identities beyond 4% of their total employees, Forbes wrote a good article on this, read here.
Social media is providing an amazing support network for anybody who feels that they are a minority within the industry, there are many Women In Tech chats, Moms Who Code, @BlackGirlsCode etc. If you’d like to be connected to any of these through Twitter, then let me know and I can help make that happen!
I’d love to have the answers to what can be done to improve upon these statistics, but I’m encouraged that we are at least moving in the right direction. For me, to improve diversity it is all about creating a good level of communication, and achieving an equal status. Treat others as you would want to be treated.
If anybody has any thoughts or theories upon this subject and how we as individuals can help, it would be great to hear, so say it in the comments or social media 🙂