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CIT Advance kicks off Friday

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 8:46am

Designed to encourage and empower young women along their technology career path, 40 of CIT’s finest female tech students will attend this two-day seminar at CIT, where they will be provided with expert mentorship by experienced tech professionals.

The CIT Advance event promises to be hugely informative for female techies and a great boost to their future careers.

In addition to top class speakers, the event includes a series of workshops in the areas of CV preparation, interview techniques, tips for entering the career market, and advice on how to successfully build a brand. The event will be opened by Dr Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs at CIT and strong advocate of Women in STEM initiatives.

The idea for the event came when Dr Ramona Marfievici of the Nimbus Research Centre in CIT was invited to San Francisco last year to participate in the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) multi-day mentorship workshop for women graduate students called Grad Cohort.

The mentoring programme wanted to expand outside North America and invited Dr Marfievici as the Irish representative of an international group of observers from Europe, India and Brazil to the US. The invited visitors were then to iniatiate events in their own countries.

Dr Marfievici has since teamed up with Oonagh O'Brien from CIT’s Department of Computer Science and Catherine Murphy from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems to set up CIT Advance.

According to Dr Marfievici, “the response from CIT and the wider tech community in Cork has been phenomenal. Events like this are crucial in highlighting the unseen obstacles that women face daily in a male dominated tech world.

“With recent research indicating that women's marginalised presence in computing may result in women psychologically disengaging, and ultimately dropping out, it is now time to do everything we can to support and encourage this new generation of women to strive for career longevity and excellence,” she said.

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