Great article on MSNBC from Career Columnist Eve T. about why there aren’t more women in IT. As IT job rise, the number of females entering the field is going down. Most IT hiring managers agree that they would to hire more women if they could find them – for things like computer support, hardware support (that’s making the systems run), programming, project management, interface design. So IT is shaping up to be a great field – yes there is some outsourcing, but on the whole, good IT still needs people (women) on the street, here to make it work.
So how do you get more women interested in IT – start them younger. Most of today’s generation, male and female are avid users of technology, but someone, girls never get interested in the how does it work, how is it made aspect and how can I do that, that boys seem to get into. And why is that? Are computer classes at the school and college level more user friendly for boys than for girls (and is it the typical basis against girls) or is it the way the material is written and presented. Do kids get taught how to use a computer by making a war game and if they were taught how to build an online community application so they can IM friends, would more girls make the connection between what Facebook is doing and what they can do to?
Based on my own experience in the IT field as a project manager, I know that I don’t have to be a programmer to have a career – my ability to understand timelines, estimates and technology are enough. I also know that if I actually knew how to program (and liked it) I would be in even higher demand. Personally, learning how to program using examples that were cooler than the usual lessons might have made a difference.
Still my interest in using technology to solve business problems has been enough to keep me going in the field.