The tech sector is making money, creating jobs and providing a work environment where employees are encouraged to upskill and try new things. And despite what the numbers may indicate, it’s also a great sector for women to work in, according to tech entrepreneur and innovator Mary McKenna.
When she’s not running a business or promoting Northern Ireland’s tech industry, McKenna does her bit to highlight the role of women in tech, particularly to the next generation. She visits local schools to talk to them about working in tech and being an entrepreneur, and makes sure to use examples of women from the local community working in the sector.
By putting a spotlight on these women working in tech, McKenna hopes to encourage more young women to consider this career choice, but she also believes parents and career guidance counsellors need to remember there are opportunities in this industry for women just as much as there are for men.
McKenna also discussed the flexibility that jobs in tech provide, and how self-directed online learning can help people move on in their careers.
Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths