We invented software, after all
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Coding is an empowering skill. It allows women to change careers, work flexibly, and turn their ideas into reality. Unfortunately, the tech industry is well known for its lack of diversity – and that needs to change. If you’ve been considering learning to code, we’ve got an exciting offer from our friends at Makers Academy.
But does it work? Makers Academy caught up with graduates after they had spent a year in the industry. Here’s Nadia Odunayo, who’s now the director of Ignition Works:
In the last 2 years, over 500 students have graduated from Makers Academy into their dream jobs, and 35% of them have been women. That’s twice has high as the industry average, but 50% would be even better, so Makers Academy is encouraging more women to learn to code and pursue new career options. Good on them.
It’s well-known that women make amazing programmers and tech entrepreneurs – take a look at our Women in Tech History series, for instance. Sadly, studies show that women are less likely to put themselves forwards for these kinds of world-changing opportunities. According to Lean In, men will apply for a job when they think they have 60% of the requirements, but women will only apply if they think they have 100%. If you’re reading this and interested, you should definitely apply.
Need a bit more encouragement? To foster diversity and get more women into the programme, Makers Academy is giving women a £500 discount. Take that, gender pay gap.
Then go and change the world.
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