by Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)
Across the social sphere lately, the topic of women in IT/engineering/science arenas has come up in several places. Between blogs on the lack of minority women in STEM who continue to be the most underrepresented individuals in science, engineering, medicine, and IT and the sharing of infographics on sites like Pinterest, this topic has obviously been gaining traction.
What Women in Technical Careers Get
When we first started ITtechExec, the number of female clients from IT/tech backgrounds who came to us was minimal, to say the least. Today, however, those numbers are increasing dramatically. In fact, our female clients seem to grasp the pace and reality of today’s job market much better than our male clients. They don’t expect open arms, they don’t anticipate longevity, they don’t long for the old days, so they come at their careers from a project management lifecycle perspective. In other words, they plan, initiate, execute, and move on, and they plan to be in some phase of the lifecycle throughout their careers.
It is our male clients that need more convincing that they need to be more proactive with their career planning. And it is these clients who are having the harder time adjusting to the current environment.
So, although the disparity might still be there, in today’s job market climate, these women are positioning themselves to be ahead in the game. And with more GenY/GenZ women hitting the scene, they are bringing with them higher expectations, not to mention better GPAs, accomplishments, and so on.
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