Four events from SCEBE and Equate Scotland:
Test your cyberskills in ENUSEC’s annual Ada Scotland CTF. The competition is open to school students (S3-S6), college and uni students and runs throughout the Festival (2-13th October, 2023).
Equate Scotland Journeys into Data Science
Thursday 5th October 2023, 12:30 to 13:30.
Join Equate Scotland online to explore opportunities for women and non-binary to come into a career in data science later in life.
4th year Civil Engineering Student
Tuesday 10th October 2023, 11:00 to 15:00.
On Ada Lovelace Day, we’re welcoming S2 girls and non-binary students into our the School of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment (SCEBE) at Merchiston, for STEM inspiration, challenges and fun.
To register a group please email email@example.com
Napier STEM Ada Scotland Careers Event
G04, Merchiston Campus, Wednesday 11th October 2023, 14:00 to 16:00.
Career-themed get together at Merchiston.
Women and gender minority students in Computing and Engineering (especially SCEBE students) are invited to come and listen to short career talks from professionals, ask questions, and meet other people, especially our Napier STEM society, and eat ice cream.
Lots more events on the Ada.Scot website and more being added daily.
If you want to chat about any of these events or get involved, please contact Ella Taylor-Smith.
Women are under-represented in leadership roles…especially in the tech sector
We know that women are underrepresented in computing courses at schools, colleges and universities, so it’s no surprise they are underrepresented in tech sector leadership roles.
In fact, Tech Nation revealed that 77% of tech director roles are filled by men.
For those women that do decide on a well-paid career in tech, 50% leave before they are 35, so many don’t progress to leadership roles. Of course, this is a problem: diversity in decision-making is better and engineered products are more inclusive, plus women can miss out on high pay and status.
Why the drop out? Researchers found sexism to be the principal reason for leaving the sector. They say women encountered a hostile and unwelcoming climate. Research has also found that women either move away from technical work or adapt by becoming one of the boys to fit in with a masculine (bro) culture.
Our own research, however, found women in IT leadership positions had found work that chimed with their personal values. For example, they found satisfaction in helping end users. These are great jobs, great careers. So how do we prevent women leaving the sector?
Things that work
- inclusive and friendly job adverts,
- family friendly policies at work,
- inclusive work environments,
- mentors and role models.
If you are getting started in tech, don’t be deterred by job adverts, look for mentoring programmes, start social/ informal events at work (it doesn’t all have to be about beer and pizza).
If you are already a leader in tech, think about what you might be able to influence – and offer to mentor.