The past year has been challenging for everyone but when it comes to employment, women have borne the brunt of COVID-19.
McKinsey research found that women are more likely to have lost their job due to the pandemic than men and job postings data from Indeed show occupations that attract more women than men have recorded the heaviest declines in openings.
The unequal ripple through the labour market has left many women not knowing where to turn next.
Tech Needs Her event
On Thursday April 22nd, in partnership with Vodafone, Indeed hosted a Facebook Live event covering the benefits of a career in tech for women as well as the practical steps required to take those initial steps. Amongst a number of knowledgeable voices, the session featured guest speaker, Valeria Baiamonte, Senior Network Strategy Manager (Networks Team) at Vodafone.
If you weren’t able to attend on the day, you can catch-up on the full session here.
Why work in tech?
Tech is the driving force behind many, if not all, of today’s innovations. As a result, new markets and opportunities are constantly arising. Tech can be considered a very portable career as the sheer range of job roles and technologies is broad, meaning that the skills you develop on the job will continue to be both in-demand and transferable.
As tech companies are often at the forefront when it comes to employee perks, flexible working hours and work from home/remote options are commonly available. This open-minded approach to working arrangements makes tech an attractive industry for those seeking flexibility in their scheduling.
People often think that to work in tech, you need to work at a global technology company. However, that is not always the case. In fact, many of today’s top tech jobs are at non-traditional tech companies. Virtually everything around us exists because of technology and that means there are diverse and exciting roles available to people, especially those considering switching into a tech role.
Examples of entry-level tech jobs
As well as entry-level tech jobs being accessible, there is the potential to progress steadily up the career ladder into higher paying and more senior roles. With demand for tech workers exceeding supply, now is a great time to break into the world of technology. Below, we have shared some examples of accessible entry-level tech jobs.
Technical Support Specialist – a Technical Support Specialist is someone who provides assistance and technical support to either businesses or consumers that are experiencing technical, hardware or software issues.
Tech Support Engineer – a Tech Support Engineer diagnoses and troubleshoots software and hardware programs, helping customers install applications and programs. Tech Support Engineers help resolve network issues, configure operating systems and use remote desktop connections to provide immediate support.
Technical Support Specialists and Tech Support Engineers are often referred to as First Line Technical Support.
Junior Web Designer – a Junior Web Designer (aka Junior Web Developer) is responsible for assisting with the creation of websites and updating existing web applications using scripting languages. Junior Web Designers work under the supervision of Senior Developers, assisting with coding, testing and design adjustments.
Junior Software Developer – a Junior Software Developer (aka Junior Software Engineer) provides assistance to support continuous improvement throughout the development life cycle of computer applications. Junior Software Developers write basic code, maintain applications, address bugs and deploy app enhancements.
Trainee Cyber Security Analyst/Technician – Cyber Security Analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect a company’s computer network and systems. They keep constant tabs on threats and monitor the organisation’s networks for any breaches in security. If you are interested in a career in cyber security, the best route in may be via an apprenticeship.
If you are interested in any of Vodafone’s tech vacancies, please register today and a recruiter will be in touch to discuss this further.
If you are interested in Vodafone’s WiFi Technician vacancies which will be opening later in the year, please register here.
For Vodafone-specific career questions and for more insight into life at Vodafone, please check out Vodafone’s social media channels below:
Vodafone Instagram – @VodafoneUKCareers
Vodafone Twitter – @VodafoneUKLife
Vodafone Facebook – Vodafone UK Careers
If you’re looking to learn more about working in tech, developing certain specific skills and navigating the job search, the resources below are a good place to start:
Tech training courses for women, run by Sky, Sky’s Get into Tech initiative aims to provide a unique and supportive environment in which women with little or no previous technical experience can learn some of the skills necessary to begin a career in technology. Sky’s courses provide beginner level training which aim to provide the skills necessary to apply for entry level jobs. By the end of one of Sky’s Get into Tech courses, you will be equipped with the technical skills you need to embark on a number of different routes into the industry,
WeAreTechWomen was founded in 2015 to help women working in technology to maximise their potential. WeAreTechWomen have worked with over 40 multi-sector corporate organisations helping them to attract, retain and develop their female tech talent. They have also provided over 3,000 women with the opportunities to upskill through their events and conferences.
Wagora’s (free) 6 month 1:1 mentoring programme connects women and underrepresented genders early in their careers with experienced professionals from all backgrounds working in the tech industry (both technical and non-technical roles). By being matched with a mentor, you will be given the opportunity to gain a positive role model who will be able to help and guide you to reach your potential.
Women Who Code’s mission is to inspire women to excel in technology careers. Women Who Code’s commitments include empowering women with skills needed for professional achievement and educating companies to better promote, retain and hire talented women. When you become a part of Women Who Code, you gain access to programs and services that are designed to help you step up your tech career. Women Who Code have over 250,000 members who are career-aged tech professionals operating at each level of industry.
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