IT service provider Atos recently encouraged more women to take up careers in technology via its IT Meets High Tea event.
Organised by the Atos Million Makers Team 2014, the event ran as part of The Prince’s Trust corporate fundraising competition, which challenged companies to generate ideas that make a difference in the lives of young people across the UK.
Taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham, the event was attended by female undergraduates from UK universities including Nottingham, Birmingham, Aston, Brunel, Warwick, Loughborough and Durham studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.
The students had the chance to meet prospective IT employers such as Zayo, KPMG, Cap Gemini and GSK which held careers stalls and workshops.
During the careers fair, students were invited to find out about each company and their graduate schemes. Students then had the opportunity to attend workshops that offered tips and advice on how to pursue a successful career in IT and how to secure a job. Workshop subjects ranged from presentation skills to creating a personal brand.
During her keynote speech at the event, Ursula Morgenstern, CEO of Atos UK & Ireland, said: “We have a national shortage of women taking up roles in the technology industry subjects. We need to tackle this because women in a digital business world makes absolute business sense.
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“Digital is now about communicating to people and customers, and in order to do that effectively you have to be able to understand a diverse customer group. This is why diversity is a huge enabler of business and drives innovation, value and productivity. I would urge young women to look closely and consider carefully a career in technology.”
Morgenstern said she is proud to be supporting The Prince’s Trust in “helping young people realise their potential in STEM and encouraging more young women to take a closer look at the industry.”
Sukie Gakhal who attended on behalf of The Prince’s Trust, said: “The team from Atos embodied the spirit of the Million Makers competition in their innovative event, ‘IT Meets High Tea’.
Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador Zoe spoke to the attendees about her own journey with The Trust explaining how by attending the Team programme she gained the confidence to become employed in the technology sector.
Gakhal said the day “nurtured the ambitions of talented young women and raised valuable funds for The Prince’s Trust".
Of the 100+ graduates that Atos employs each year, an estimated one-third are female. The company has tasked its female graduates to come up with ideas on what would attract more women to Atos, with the aim of including their recommendations in its graduate recruitment drive this year.