Leading up to Christmas some of our Year 9 girls (Sturminster Newton High, Dorset) had an opportunity to listen to and discuss potential career paths and job roles involving technology with Beverly Clarke. It's an important time for Year 9, as they make their option choices and we were keen for our students to understanding that Computing is not just coding. Beverly works for the BCS, CAS, Nvidia and has recently published her first book on Computing. She shared her honest opinions on opportunities for females in the tech industry, diversity in the workplace and challenges that the students may face as a minority in the technology sector.
The students partook in multiple activities throughout the hour, including discussing the job roles they were interested in and how Computing can support their future career paths. It was also a fantastic opportunity to discuss some of the students' concerns and worries about university. In a world with so few female role models in technology, the hour was clearly a success allowing our students to easily relate to some of the experiences shared by Beverly.