In September SwarmOnline had the amazing opportunity to take part in the MonsterConfidence event held at the University of Glasgow. The event was organised by the Stemettes who teamed up with Monster (jobs) to offer career advice and mentoring sessions to female school leavers and 18’s/students.
Stemettes are an inspiring organisation whose aim is to encourage more women to enter into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Through events, like MonsterConfidence, they try to motivate and provide advice to any women looking at STEM as a career option.
Here at SwarmOnline we appreciate how important diversity is and we believe in supporting campaigns that will promote diversification within our industry. We attended MonsterConfidence and spent our time talking about what a day in the life of a female developer is actually like. We spoke about the challenges we face and how the world of code can have many highlights. Our aim was to encourage the attendees to develop their digital skills, which we believe will open them up to some great professional opportunities.
At the event we had the chance to hear keynote speaker Professor Muffy Calder speak about her career in technology and how she has ended up as the Vice-Principal & Head of the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She spoke about utilising her passion for maths and computer science and how both have aided in her success. Whilst exhibiting we were visited by the MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady, who told us about what the government is doing to encourage more women into technology and how company’s like ours could play a part. We were also able to connect with the other female sponsors who told us about the exciting projects they are currently working on and how possible collaborations with the technology industry could have a positive impact on them.
Attending the event enabled us to highlight some of the key benefits of being a woman in technology. Like the freedom you have in your career. From medicine to retail, all fields use digital solutions and require people to develop them. There is also the chance to learn and make use of a wide range of skills, as developers often require the ability to combine logic and creativity.
Another reason to encourage more women into the field is that we live in a world governed by technology. A large proportion of consumers of technology are woman. Yet they are under-utilised and poorly represented within the profession. This means there are major opportunities for women to enter the industry and provide a sought after, new perspective to the challenges faced.
We, at SwarmOnline, want to empower women to see technology as a viable career option and be a part of creating and shaping the technology we all use.