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With the IT industry booming more and more every year, the shortage of IT graduates is more apparent than ever, especially in Northern Ireland. STEM subjects are by far the most undersubscribed, particularly mathematics, computer science and engineering. But why?
Well, there are many reasons. One of the biggest concerns is of course the lack of women in the industry, with girls representing just 12% of engineering students at universities in the UK, and just 4% of those taking engineering apprenticeships.
Here at Etain Ltd we want to encourage young people (particularly women) to fight stereotypes and pursue a career in IT. But we can’t encourage them alone - Let’s shape the next generation together!
Here are our Top Ten Tips to encourage young people into IT and other STEM fields.
When it comes to decision time, research course content on different University sites for a summary of what each course entails. Ask anyone who knows! Whether it’s someone at school, a family friend, don’t be afraid to ask anyone who can help! The more you ask, the less intimidated by the IT industry you’ll be. For women in particular, they can visit the websites of multiple professional organisations such as the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Technology International, Association for Women in Mathematics and Association of Women in Science, to name just a few.