There’s no denying that women are underrepresented in tech, accounting for just 20% of all roles, it’s clear that more needs to be done to make the industry diverse and inclusive.
We’ve previously talked about what businesses can do to attract and retain female tech talent, but is there anything you could be doing on an individual basis to help inspire change within this traditionally male-dominated industry?
Here are our top three tips of things you can do to help encourage more women to pursue careers in tech.
Tackle the Stereotype
As part of our WomenInTechQA series we spoke with Software Engineer at Doctolib, Saskia Menke, who highlights that the gender disparity in the industry is a result of the stereotype that still exists.
“When I look back at how I saw tech before, it’s always the stereotype of white men, who sit in a corner, maybe in a basement, just with their computer. Talking to other people I know that stereotype still prevails, and it’s really not appealing.”
It’s time to tackle this stereotype. As the famous saying goes “you can’t be what you can’t see”. Research by PwC has found that a lack of female role models is one of the main causes of the gender gap in tech, in fact only 22% of students can name a famous female working in the industry.
So…how can you put yourself out there to inspire that future pipeline of female tech talent to pursue careers in the industry? Have you considered…
- Speaking at an event – the tech industry is full of groups and meetups that you can approach to speak at an event. This is also a great way to expand your network and meet like-minded people in the industry.
- Writing blogs – in the ever-evolving tech industry, writing blogs can also be an effective way of continually learning and staying on top of trends.
- Starting a podcast – not only will this help to increase the number of female role models in the industry, starting a podcast on a topic you are interested about is a fantastic way to showcase your passion and encourage others to take up careers in tech.
If you would like to know more about how you can get involved with the W.I.T. Republic community, get in touch today!
Start with Your Company
One study has found that over half (54%) of women research a company’s diversity and inclusion policies before accepting a role.
Is there something you could be doing within your organisation to inspire change?
Linking to the previous point, if you want to speak at an event or write a blog, why not get your company involved and see if they can sponsor an event, or host your blogs on their website. Utilising your company’s platform will help to increase the visibility of your efforts.
Check out our previous blog where we highlight key things businesses should be doing to attract female tech talent!
Become a Mentor
Whilst unlike our previous two tips, this might seem rather ‘minimal’ in terms of getting your name out there, becoming a mentor is a great way to inspire change within the industry.
Only 24% of women with an engineering degree still work in engineering.
Giving your advice and guidance as someone who is going through a career in tech, and can resonate with others experience as a woman in the industry, can be extremely beneficial to your mentee and might be the difference between them staying in tech.
If you are a talented tech professional looking to take your career to the next level, speak to our specialist recruiters today!