What are the key factors that discourage girls from pursuing IT careers?

69 per cent of girls have never considered a career in technology because they do not know enough about what opportunities tech can provide, according to CompTIA.

In the new survey-based e-book, Make Tech Her Story: What Needs to Change to Inspire Girls’ Pursuit of IT Careers,attitudes and trends towards tech amongst girls are examined. Feedback was gathered from 200 girls and boys aged 10-17.

Additional findings of the survey show only one-quarter of girls have considered studying technology in comparison to nearly half of boys.

Only 37 per cent of girls know of someone with an IT related job, a percentage that rises to 60 per cent amongst girls who have considered a career in IT. 

Tracy Pound, managing director of Maximity and member of CompTIA’s Board of Directors, said: “The research really shows how important initiatives like the Make Tech Her Story campaign are in raising awareness and identifying role models for both children and parents.

“With the predicted expansion of the technology industry there are potentially hundreds of thousands of jobs to be filled in the next few years and we desperately need girls and women to step up and take some of these roles. 

“It’s an exciting industry to be part of; there’s always something new and fascinating to investigate and make use of. Anyone who wants an interesting career should take a look at what the technology industry has to offer – it’s kept me busy and engaged for over 30 years.”

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