Tech is known as a male-dominated field, according to a study by PwC, only 3% of females say a career in technology is their first choice and only 5% of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women; but that fact doesn’t mean women can’t compete and thrive.
PwC’s study goes on to reveal that the gender gap in technology starts at school and carries on through every stage of girl’s and women’s life. A lack of female role models also reinforce that a technology career is not for them.
This fact suggests there is still a lot of work to be done to change the perception of girls in tech in different levels of the education system. We talked to Anna Stepanoff, Wild Code School CEO and founder about the best way to attract women to study code and the barriers women have in the workplace, specially in technology. Read the full interview here.
To attract women to study code we need to show that coding is a job for them – show history of women, tell their journey, their stories.
Basically, we need to have more women around and spread the message; invite women to be speaker and have them as a teacher.
When it comes to support women in theirs careers Anna says:
I see it all the time when I’m looking for instructors to teach in our schools. When I reach out for men, I see very young developers with not a lot experience saying they are ready to be teachers, and women that have PhD saying that they are not ready to teach. It is lack of confidence in the work environment that we need to overcome.
To find out more how women can get to the top, Harvard Business Review interviewed 57 women CEO’s. The article found out six insights, one of them “Despite their potential, women don’t see themselves as future CEOs” , reinforces the lack of female models and female confidence in their career potential.
Of the 57 female CEOs we interviewed, five had always wanted to be CEO, and three never wanted to be but took the job out if a sense of responsibility. Two- thirds said they didn’t realize they could be CEO until someone else told them, describing themselves as intensely focused on driving results rather than on their advancement and success.
The tech industry is one of the most competitive, but also full of opportunities for women. Jobbattical gives some strategic tips like preparing for bias, and finding a mentor as key to succeed in a technology career.
..what you should really do is follow your strengths. Base your career decisions on skills you already have and create success by refining those skills.
Wild Code School supports Women in Tech – Apply for our International Women’s Day Scholarship.