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Celebrating Success Stories

5 REASONS TO WORK IN TECH

It’s International Women’s Day and we though what better way to mark the occasion than by celebrating the Successes of our TechTalent Academy Women Learners. We’ve got a lot of success stories to shout about so we thought we’d focus on 5 of our most recent Women Learners Successes.

First off for those of you who are new to IWD – International Women’s Day – is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. Together we can forge a world where difference is valued, celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.

As Gloria Steinem, World-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” so we aim to make International Women’s Day our day and we’re doing what we can to truly make a positive difference for women across the UK.

A Note from Our CEO

It’s no secret that diversity is good for your business however a diverse workforce is only the first step. Businesses will only benefit from diversity when they have cultivated a culture of inclusion and under-represented communities have an equitable voice. Inclusion is about having a voice and feeling valued in an organisation. That’s the most important thing for an individual.

Part of any journey is celebrating the progress made along the way. We invite you to take a closer look at how inspiring women from our Academy are creating a more equitable future where all people can be exactly who and what they want to be.

Our Inspirational Women Learners

1. Ekaterina Tcoi

Ekaterina Tcoi – a Graduate from our Software Academy came to our Academy with a degree in Engineering but had no knowledge of IT prior to joining our Software Academy. It was Ekaterina’s hope to change her path and pivot into a career in Tech. Since graduating our Software Academy we have worked with Ekaterina to find the perfect job opportunity to help fulfil her dreams and we’re now delighted to announce she has gone on to secure a Full-Time job with a Global Tech Company.

Here’s what Ekaterina had to say about her recent success “This will have a big impact on my whole future and my family. The salary, even at an entry-level position, is many times higher than what I had before. Plus the opportunity for professional growth.”

Ekaterina also had this to say “TechTalent Academy is the right choice. They will give you all support you need even after the training. They will help you to find a job. Just remember that a lot depends on you. If you know what you want and are ready to learn and develop, then this is the right choice. In the end, you get what you want! A special Thanks to all staff at TechTalant Academy, you have no idea how much of an impact you have had on my life!”

2. Kirsty Shears

Kirsty Shears – a Graduate from our Data Academy has had a relationship with Tech from a very young age. “I was brought up with tech. A lot of my family worked at IBM in Spangovalley, Scotland while I was growing up. My Dad brought home our very first IBM home computer, IBM Ps/1 80286 in 1990 when I was just 11 and I immediately took to it and started spending a lot of time using it. Tech has been a big part of my life, for almost my whole life, it’s exciting to learn more about it as it is evolving.”

Kirsty joined our Data Academy as she has just been made redundant from her role as a Lead Quality Engineer, but through sheer determination and tenacity Kirsty was able to make the time required to get the most out of the course and secure an exciting opportunity moving forward “I now work for an autonomous vehicle start up, where I continue to use my learned skills to manipulate big data. Although I have not pursued a career specifically and purely around the course I did, it has still contributed to my continued success on my current career path and showing that these courses are not just for people that want careers in tech but they can enhance skillsets for people in other industries.”

3. Bukola Oloidi

Bukola Oloidi – a Graduate from our AWS re/Start Course joined us last year looking to kickstart a career in tech. Initially unemployed, Bukola, having never studied Tech before wanted to challenge herself and take the bold step towards something new and amazing. “The course was educating. I chose this word because this program basically would teach you everything you need to jumpstart your career and learning of AWS cloud.”

When asked how the course impacted Bukola and her family we received this response: “I would say it has impacted us as family in a good way, because now I have a career which will help me support my family financially. Profession wise, the course has served as stepping stone, a foundation to my career in tech. This program basically helped me in securing my first job in tech. I am very grateful for this.”

Bukola’s words to other women looking to break into a career in tech are “Never underestimate yourself. And whatever you want to do, do it wholeheartedly and with passion, especially if you love it.”

4. Isabel Galvis

Isabel Galvis – a Graduate from our Software Academy – joined us looking to gain access to new opportunities in Tech. Isabel has since gone on to secure a full-time permanent position as as a Software Developer specialising in Software Engineering with Globally recognised Technology provider UST. Isabel joined the Academy to increase her knowledge of tech and gain the necessary skills she required to get a job.

Isabel has this to say when asked what technical and professional skills from the program she is using in her new role: I loved using HTML, Javascript and SQL Databases. These are the skills I am most looking forward to using in my new role with UST.”

5. Pia Mukherjee

Pia Mukherjee – a Graduate from our Data Academy – has used the knowledge and skills she learned to secure a full-time, permanent position as a Data Scientist with British Insurance Giant, Aviva. We caught up with Pia at the end of her course and asked her a few questions about their experience with TechTalent Academy, our amazing trainers and how their course has helped them achieve their goals.

Pia joined the course to gain industry relevant skills and practical advice with the eventual outcome of a job. Prior to joining the academy, Pia had been on a career break for around 14 years. When asked how the course impacted Pia and her family we received this answer: The course gives the feeling of progress and confidence. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to friends and family. The course was organised in short chunks and was well delivered, giving the feeling of progress and leading to some confidence building as a result.

In Conclusion

The tech industry has long been considered as a male-dominated industry and with good reason too. Figures show that women make up just 17% of the UK tech workforce with this figure increasing by just 1% in the past five years. Stigmas and lack of education are two of the main contributing factors to this gender gap in the industry, with research from Microsoft showing that 60% of women worldwide would feel more confident pursuing a career in STEM fields if they knew that men and women were equally employed in those professions.

Despite being traditionally male-dominated, women are well-suited to careers in tech, here’s why…

It’s creative

A career in tech might not be the traditional creative career that springs to mind, however, many tech roles require a great level of creativity. Our Director of Women in Cyber Academy, Jane Frankland, describes tech as a paint brush – it provides women with a power tool to create whatever they want. Unfortunately, the need for creative skills in the tech sector is under-represented which often deters certain audiences, particularly women, from pursuing a role in tech.

Tech needs women

There’s no shying away from this, the tech sector is in desperate need of women. Tech is everywhere. It’s at the heart of everything we do and is present in all sectors whether that’s defence or travel, however, despite this the workforce isn’t representative of the population. This means that the majority of technology products and services that are on the market have been developed with one of half of the population’s needs in mind.

You’ll never be bored

The tech sector offers more flexibility than most with something to suit everyone. Even better, the skills you develop in your role will also be relevant to other areas within tech so it’s possible to progress into other areas of interest.

You’ll make a difference

Research from PwC shows that “50% of the females interviewed said that the most important factor when choosing their future career is feeling like the work they do makes the world a better place or has a wider impact”. By pursuing a career in technology, you’ll be changing the perception of gender equality in STEM roles. Unfortunately for many girls and young women, the lack of female role models in tech is one of the main factors that deters them from the industry therefore by challenging the status quo, you’ll be taking a step towards changing the face of tech. You’ll also make a lasting impact on the technology we use by ensuring it’s suited to its users, including women.

You already have the skills

In today’s age life skills are as important as technical skills for many roles, with problem-solving, creative thinking, communication and perseverance being just a few examples of the skills needed to succeed in tech. These skills are ones that most women will naturally develop, whether that’s just through managing their own lives or through raising a family. Because these skills seem natural to them, women often underestimate their power in tech roles.

It’s never too late to make the move

You don’t need to be 21 and straight out of university to start your career in tech. The majority of our students have no experience in technology and use our academies as a pathway to tech. For example, in the Cybersecurity industry 62% of firms reported employing staff who have or are working towards a related qualification; proving that it’s never too late to make the move.

It’s well paid

The recent rise in the demand for tech professionals has caused an increase in salaries. Research from Tech Nation reveals that the median salary for digital tech roles within the UK is currently £39,000, up £9,000 on the country’s average salary. It’s not just the salary that’s competitive, tech businesses can also offer attractive benefits, including flexible working and good maternity packages.

If you’re interested in turning your passion for tech into a successful career, let us help. We work with women and other under-represented groups to get you into tech. If you’d like to find out more information on any of our academies, visit our academy page or email our Talent Team on hello@techtalent.academy.