Monthly Archives: January 2014

Giving girls the code to a life in computing and engineering

shutterstock_3729817An organisation encouraging young girls to develop an interest in computer science and engineering aims to bridge the gap in the number of women and men employed in computing fields, whether as engineers or developers.

Girls Who Code is a New York-based non-profit with the aim of providing an education in computer science to 1 million young women by 2020.

That target is driven by figures suggesting just 0.8 per cent of women graduating from American colleges received a degree in computer science and another claim that even fewer girls of high school age in the US are interested in studying computer science in college.

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What’s stopping young women from taking up a career in IT?

shutterstock_79978408A male-dominated IT industry is problematic to a workforce that faces skills shortages in technology. Women are crucial to keeping up with the demand in an ICT workforce that DEEWR predicts will grow by 33,200 workers or 7.1 per cent from 2012 to 2017.

The problem is there’s not nearly enough women entering the industry as there should be. The Australian Computer Society’s Statistical Compendium 2012 found women only make up 19.73 per cent of the total ICT-related occupation workforce, declining from 24.10 per cent in 2011.

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ICT is the source for change

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How to make 2014 your career year: A seven-point plan

Many of us are returning to work today for the first time in 2014, refreshed and ready to make a clean start by believing we’ll handle the next 12 months differently to how we handled the last.

You can diet your way to your perfect you, believe you’re going to be a better parent, friend, daughter, wife, girlfriend — or any other variation of yourself — or you can get practical and make 2014 a great year for you and all those around you by simply focusing on your career.

So how would you do that?


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