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Women ReBOOT is coming to Cork

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 10:34am

A pilot programme, aimed at reintroducing experienced women to tech jobs after career breaks, is expanding nationally and looking for new recruits. 
The programmes will now commence in Cork and Dublin this autumn.
Women ReBOOT aims to get so-called ‘returners’ back into full-time roles, through a mix of coaching, online learning, networking skills and work placements in leading tech companies.
Software Skillnet believes that women who are qualified and experienced in the sector - who may have stepped out on career break to raise families or for other reasons - can create a new pool of talent for companies. With a little support and upskilling, they could be just what tech companies are looking for, say Software Skillnet. 
Software Skillnet say that the digital technology sector employs 120,000 people in Ireland but studies show the proportion of women employed in technology roles in Ireland is between 16 per cent and 18 per cent. 
This summer, orgainsers say that they have seen a slew of headlines and heated debate about the reasons for the global shortfall in female ICT workers. Much attention has focused on making tech careers attractive to girls and young women. However, Software Skillnet says retaining women in the sector is as much of a challenge as attracting them to join. Stats show that after 10 years of experience, 41 per cent of women have left the technology sector.
According to Maire Hunt, Network Director of the Technology Ireland Software Skillnet, tech companies are not only seeking world class technology skills; they also need people with strong analytic skills, creative skills, human skills, the ability to connect with others, the skills to able to persuade and lead. Typically, women commencing second stage careers have honed these abilities.
She said: “The sector-led pilot programme for Women ReBOOT attracted huge interest from highly qualified and experienced tech women who are looking to step back into work following a career break. What they lack, possibly more than anything, is the confidence to recognize their abilities."
Software Skillnet says there is a lot that women themselves can do to build their confidence, their personal presence and their unique individual strengths after a career break. This is the key to success in re-entry to second stage careers.
Visit softwareskillnet.ie/women-reboot for more information. 
 

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