Worth a read

We’ve recently put together a list of our favourite blogs for women in technology – and we thought we’d share it with you:

http://anitaborg.org/category/news/blog – the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is an American not-for-profit organisation, whose Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was a major influencing factor beind our recent event, W-Tech.  “Changing the world for women in technology, read about what’s happening with women in IT on the other side of the pond. 

http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.7708 – the BCS women’s forum is dedicated to increasing the number and proportion of women in IT but also building a better profession for both men and women. Their site is great for news and advice, interesting research, case studies of female role models and discussion in their forum. 

http://www.ukrc4setwomen.org/html/women-and-girls/getsetwomen-blog/ – The blog from the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, with stories and thoughts from members of the network.

http://www.theglasshammer.com/ – an award winning blog for women executives in financial services, law and business, with bloggers giving their perspectives from around the world. Have a read for career tips, interviews and news for businesswomen.

http://thenextwomen.com/ – this blog calls itself a ‘business magazine for female internet heroes’ and is home to with inspirational stories from tecchie women as well as interesting news updates.

http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/witsend/ – written by Computer Weekly’s journalists, this is a great read for female technologists with news on diversity, technology, careers and other women in tech related things.

http://www.womenintechnology.co.uk – we couldn’t leave our own site out! Take a look for information on our training and networking events, the latest IT jobs, news, advice, white papers, useful links and lots more!

We’re always on the lookout for other interesting blogs to read so let us know of any that you recommend!

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Calling young, female engineers

If you’re a young woman who’s been successful in the engineering industry, why not enter the 2009 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award?

Nominations are now open for the prize, which rewards achievements of women under the age of 30 working in the engineering industry and aims to encourage more of them to enter the sector. The winner will receive £1000 as well as media exposure, networking opportunities and a higher profile.

The IET says of the prize: “Following in the footsteps of a long line of high profile winners, The Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2009 will be an able ambassador, representing women in engineering and acting as a talented role model. She may find herself on the front page of a national newspaper, on TV or on the radio and should be more than prepared for her share of fame as well as good fortune in her career.”

If you want to apply visit the IET’s website here, but be quick – deadline is this Friday 31st. Good luck!

Women in science

The internet is a wonderful thing – an online presence means that comments you make can reappear years later! And that’s just what has happened to us. The Independent has recently blogged an article that womenintechnology.co.uk contributed to, about acheiving the right balance of women in SET (science, engineering and technology) careers. Have a read here.

Blessing or a curse?

What are the main challenges that women in IT face in the workplace? And how can we resolve them? Read my thoughts and some interesting quotes and anecdotes from female technologists that womenintechnology.co.uk surveyed in my article on V3.co.uk here.

Not-so-happy women

A new study by the US National Bureau of Economic Research has found that despite 40 years of feminism, American women are less happy nowadays. Whereas during the postwar years women were found to be significantly happier than men, these levels have now decreased to bring them level with men. It also found that the happiness of British women had fallen relative to that of men since the days of the 1950s.

Initially, this may seem surprising – women now have greater earning power, more equality and many more opportunities than they have had in previous years and are no longer confined to the traditional 1950s housewife role. However, there is a greater pressure on women today as many face the challenge of juggling a successful career, an interesting social life and a happy family. Making it easier for women to return to work after taking maternity leave or a career break, promoting more women into top roles, improving paternity leave provisions and creating more diverse teams and boards are just some of the ways that this support can be provided – and these were just some of the issues discussed at our recent event, W-Tech, that we hope will see change in the future.

IT graduates – don’t worry

It’s summertime, which means school holidays, sunshine (hopefully) and for many students, time to enter the real world and start job hunting. Many reports have said that the class of 2009 is struggling to find a job, as graduate vacancies drop and salaries are frozen.

However it’s not all bad news, as the not-for-profit initiative for smarter working, Work Wise UK, says that candidates with strong IT skills will always be in demand. Chief Executive Phil Flaxton also said that graduates with technological ability are in particular demand in the SME space as organisations find themselves with fixed budgets.

It is understandable that there are fewer vacancies in this economic climate but hopefully there are still companies that recognise the value of developing graduates to ensure that we have enough talent for the future.

A different kind of job application

Usually the job application process is relatively straightforward – send in your CV and covering letter and wait for a response. Well, not this one. Mobile phone company Teimlo is looking for a new marketing manager, but is only accepting applications through text message.

According to the Telegraph, this is to test the applicant and see if they can be creative and to the point. The company’s boss commented “If their text says: ‘Dear sir, I would like to apply for the position of…’ they are going to run out of space. They have to be a lot more savvy to fit something in that’s going to make a genuine impression. What we want is fanatics at what we do, people who will fit in and understand the subject. It’s the attitude that matters.”

Is it time that we re-thought traditional job applications? Many firms now use psychometric testing in the interview process and video CVs have become increasingly popular. Although there have been these advancements, I still think that the CV will remain for a while – a text may test creativity but without the necessary skills and experience, you won’t have the right candidate.