WOMEN IN TECH
Our mission is to support up to 200 women into the tech space by 2021 by reskilling or upskilling.
Women are under-represented, underemployed and underpaid in the tech sector. In addition to that, they also have to face sexism in the male-dominated industry. This causes lack of female role models that could serve as an inspiration to a younger generation, creating a broken loop where younger female workforce is hesitant to begin tech careers because of challenges that the older female workforce had to face. And so although the technology industry is booming, women are still missing out on their chances to join this entrepreneurial success.
ARE YOU A WOMAN TRYING TO BREAK INTO A TECH CAREER?
Here are a few things you should know:
▶ FEMALE TECH POSITIONS ARE GROWING
Female Tech positions are growing 238% faster than their male counterparts.
▶ WOMEN IN TECH OFTEN BECOME ENTREPRENEURS
56% of Women in Tech leave their jobs at mid-level position, but 22% of these women then start their own business.
▶ LOVING WHAT YOU DO IS IMPORTANT
85% of Women in Tech say that they love their job.
▶ THINGS ARE CHANGING
Between 2000 and 2015, there has been a 21% increase in the number of first-year undergraduate girls interesting in majoring in Computer Science. It might not be much, but it’s a significant start.
▶ FEMALE ROLE MODELS ARE NEEDED
When asked to name a role model who has inspired them to pursue a career in technology, 83% of female respondents find it impossible to do so, against only 59% of males
“When you enter tech, you realize that there are more men than women. You can’t deny that. But, I don’t think you can make that an obstacle. You can’t get deterred as a female founder knowing that’s the landscape. You need to ignore the naysayers (of course there will be naysayers) and surround yourself with investors who believe in you, believe in your idea, believe in the market you’re going after, and believe in your ability to execute, most importantly.”
How Purple Beard Supports Women
We aim to upskill up to 200 women by 2021 through all our programs, including Apprenticeships in the tech sector.
We have launched our Women in Tech initiative as a part of DEIB Project. Apart from that, we’ll be soon launching the Returners to Work program that will support Moms and Dads on their journey back to work, and Fighting Ageism Project.
WHERE SHOULD I START?
ANALYZE YOUR SITUATION
Before you star researching jobs, you have to analyse the situation you’re currently in. Do you have necessary skills or perhaps you’ll need some additional training? Are you thinking about full-time job or perhaps side job, or even going freelancing? Do you have any other commitments?
JOB MARKET RESEARCH
Since technology is constantly involving, jobs in the tech industry are changing as well. It’s been estimated that technology creates more job than it destroys and that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Have a look at our blog on best tech jobs to take on in 2021 or scroll down the page to see some highlighted careers.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Although many tech jobs don’t require University anymore, having relevant skillset and additional certificates is a great way to improve your chances of landing a job. When looking for a job, check which skills and qualifications are required, and then upskill yourself with an online course or a bootcamp.
Get inspired by other Women in Tech stories and find your role model. You can find our Women in Tech interviews below where we asked eight successful women how they got into the tech industry, what were their struggles and what are their tips for those who are trying to break into the tech sector.
Meet our Women in Tech
Women in Tech: Male Gaze
After speaking to eight wonderful women about their journey into the world of tech and listening to their inspiring stories, we will be finishing our Women in Tech Thursdays project with the Male Gaze edition.
Whilst this initiative was aimed to support women, we think it’s important to hear from both sides and find out what men think on that matter, especially since they’re such a huge part of the tech world. We strongly believe that in order to close the diversity gap in the tech sector, we must regularly listen to both men and women, identify how one side can support the other and address the challenges they’re both facing.
This Thursday we’re speaking to Andrew Jacobs who is the founder of Llarn Learning Services, Learning Strategist and producer of Women Talking About Learning Podcast. Click here to see what Andrew thinks about Women in Tech initiatives, how men can support women in the world of tech, why there’s allegedly more men than women in tech?
This Thursday we’re speaking to Akama Davies who is the Director, Global Solutions and Innovation at Xaxis (GroupM) and DIMA 50 Male Advocates For Equality in Media and Marketing. See our video and find out what Akama thinks about Women in Tech initiatives, whether Women in Tech initiatives are discriminatory against men and how organisations can address the gender gap in leadership positions.
MOST PROMISING CAREERS
MOST NEEDED SKILLS
WE CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Speak to our team today
If you’d like to talk about Tech Bootcamps and Apprenticeships, a potential partnership, working with Purple Beard or you have any other questions, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.