Women, women…Rumor has it that they are not really opened to fulfill technology jobs. However, they represent the majority of the population in some countries. On the other hand, tech jobs are part of the sector where there is often a lack of a skilled labour shortage.
In Utah for instance, women represent 23% of the state’s technology labour, and the state is opening 4 000 technology jobs to develop its economy. In order to address the issue of skilled labour, the Women Tech Council recently organized SheTech Explorer Day.
Drawing a record of 2,000 high school girls from across Utah, this day-long event has activated, engaged and inspired these young ladies to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experience and mentoring.
This year, 700 mentors from 200 of Utah’s leading technology companies including Adobe, Ancestry, AT&T, Cox Automotive, Dell EMC, Ivanti and Vivint Smart Home took part in the event. They encouraged girls and advised them on careers such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic testing, 3D printing and diamond cutting.
“After five years, SheTech is shifting the career trajectories of thousands of girls at a critical point in their lives to keep them in STEM,” said Cydni Tetro, president of Women Tech Council. “Helping these girls enter the talent pipeline and stay engaged has a direct impact on the growth of Utah’s economy, and is an essential part of helping advance the entire technology sector by better leveraging talent to create high performance environments.”
Beyond the event Explorer Day, the Women Tech Council also provides internships in STEM, therefore enables them to have a first and real overview of the market, and to choose a career that matches their interests. Be it meaningful resources, support and mentoring, things are carefully organized to encouraged girls to build their path into STEM.
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