TREND #5: The pathways into tech continue to evolve
Sophie Bower, Marketing Director
Every year, we see more companies changing their requirements to secure a great range of diverse candidates for job roles. I think everyone is aware of the huge benefits of having a diverse workforce, not just from different ethnicities, nationalities, or genders (all also hugely important), but also from different learning pathways.
The traditional path into tech through completing a Computer Science degree is no longer the only way. As Anna mentioned, only 35% of STEM higher education students are women, and whilst we’d still love to see more women choosing this pathway, with our wide-spread university network, we equally love seeing women from all types of degree backgrounds taking part in our courses and finding a passion for tech in addition to their course area of interest. I love the idea that someone studying law also does our course to discover better, more effective ways of operating using things like AI or data. Or a humanities student, who may have a passion for music may have an idea for an app to help children to learn how to play instruments easily. And one of my faves, a medical student who is able to combine being a doctor or health provider with tech to come up with new ways of treating or managing diseases. There are so many exciting things happening in tech.
But, the requirement of a university degree for any role is also changing. I think we can all recognise the huge cost involved and years of debt as a result. So why not find different ways of learning and career pathways. If you are passionate about tech, there are ways to get a good education and foot in the door. Independent learning through courses like Code First Girls can completely change the way women get into tech, and more importantly, give businesses the most diverse range of potential candidates.
Not only that, as Sherin mentioned, for those of us already in ‘established’ careers, there is always the opportunity to change your career path or try something new or build new skills. Our online classes are a great segway into tech, and I am particularly excited about our new Nanodegrees which give a power-house 12-week course that will deliver advanced knowledge in Software Engineering or Data / SQL, with candidates primed for roles at amazing companies we are working with.
It really is an exciting time to explore options and uncover the huge amount of opportunities that are available to women to wish to pursue a career in tech.