Although the reality may be markedly different, technology is generally perceived as a largely male domain. However, as time goes on, more and more women are encouraged to thrive in the fast-paced technology sector.
In Britain, statistics from Reuters show just 13 per cent of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry is female. In an ever-growing field with a clear demand for personnel, the computing sector is crying out for both talent and diversity. But why is there a shortage of women? Does the issue lie with the industry itself or in how women and girls view STEM jobs?
Research from Accenture shows 60 per cent of girls aged 12 feel STEM subjects are ‘too difficult to learn’. 47 per cent also said the subjects were better suited to boys. And in one interview, Belinda Parmar, founder of Lady Geek and Little Miss Geek, attributed the shortage of women to the general perception of people working in tech — as ‘geeks who can’t get girlfriends/boyfriends’.
The reality is however, that there is nothing stopping any woman from pursuing a STEM role. Hannah Pretswell, a Test Engineer at Scott Logic is not only an equal in the workplace, but also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador to encourage more women and girls into the field.
If you are considering a career in software or technology, don’t let anyone’s perceptions hold you back. Stereotypes are just that — stereotypes. With a positive attitude, knowledge and determination, both men and women can succeed in this competitive industry where you’ll get the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment where no two days are the same and there are plenty of opportunities for progression.
Founded in 2005, Scott Logic is a leading UK software development company. To find out more about the job opportunities it has, including graduate positions, visit its vacancies page today: www.scottlogic.com/careers/