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Encouraging the future generation of women working in IT

last modified Apr 30, 2019 01:04 PM
To celebrate International Girls in ICT Day, staff from University Information Services (UIS) have visited a secondary school in Cambridgeshire to encourage girls with an interest and aptitude for IT to pursue careers in the sector.

Hannah Kania-Haughton (Network Specialist), Kavitha Nirmaledevi (Applications DBA Specialist) and Lizzie Courtney (Academy Technical Analyst) spoke to 35 girls studying at Impington Village College about their IT careers during a visit to the school on Thursday 25 April.

The women from UIS led small group discussions about what their current jobs involve and shared stories of their careers so far, having each taken a different route into their current roles – from studying Archaeology at University in Lizzie’s case to going straight from school into a job within the world of learning and development which was the route for Hannah.

Georgina Chivers, a Head of House at the college who worked with UIS to coordinate the visit, has explained that the session was a big opportunity for the girls. She said:

“This was the first time that many of the students have had a careers-based conversation with women who have jobs in the world of IT and the visit was quite eye-opening for them. Many have said they now want to find out more about careers in IT! Thank you Hannah, Kavitha and Lizzie for taking time out of their day to speak to some of our students.”

This was a local event but International Girls in ICT Day addresses a global challenge. It is estimated that within the next 10 years, there will be more than two million technology jobs around the world that cannot be filled because of lack of qualified ICT specialists. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year. To date, over 11,100 events have been held in 171 countries worldwide, reaching an estimated 257,000 girls. Information about other events that took place for this year’s International Girls in ICT Day can be found by searching for the #GirlsinICT hashtag on Twitter.

Queries about the visit should be sent to comms@uis.cam.ac.uk

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