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IT women 'should promote the sector'

Published: Friday, 09 May 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Female role models are needed in IT to encourage more women to join the industry, it has been claimed.

Women's forum manager of the British Computer Society (BCS) Jan Peters said that women already in the sector should be influencing others about the benefits of such a career.

According to Ms Peters, graduates and women involved in technology apprenticeships should talk to school pupils to promote the industry.

"They need to show them that it's not just about being a user of Word or Excel, working in IT is much, much more varied," Ms Peters said.

She added that women technologists can find many benefits from an IT career, such as travel, money and increased opportunities.

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg agrees, pointing out that IT is one of the fastest growing sectors - which like many other important disciplines, is currently experiencing a skills shortage.

"As a career path, it's a sure winner," he said.

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