ERIC Number: ED475475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting Lower-Income Women Into Information Technology Careers: Building a Foundation for Action.
Bush, Sharon; Henle, Toni; Cohen, Shoshana; Jenkins, Davis; Kossy, Judith
Selected issues related to the lack of women in the information technology (IT) center were examined. Data were collected through literature and Internet research and interviews with female IT professionals and IT educators and trainers. Particular attention was paid to the following issues: qualifications necessary for a career in IT; barriers faced by women entering IT; entry points to IT jobs and careers; career paths in IT; and strategies for recruiting women into IT. The study established that to enter and succeed in higher-wage technology jobs, women need appropriate career information, support, and training. Plans were therefore made to develop an outreach campaign to encourage lower-income women to consider jobs in IT and provide them with the information they need to pursue the education and training to qualify for IT jobs. The following are among the eight outreach strategies identified for use in the campaign: (1) dispel key myths discouraging women from pursuing IT careers; (2) picture women working with and using IT; (3) profile female IT professionals; (4) describe the wide variety of jobs available in IT; (5) highlight IT's financial rewards; (6) highlight the fact that entering IT does not require a four-year degree; and (7) make presentations to community and school groups. (The bibliography lists 22 references. Twenty-four tables/figures are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Blacks, Career Development, Career Ladders, Demand Occupations, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Hispanic Americans, Information Technology, Interviews, Low Income, Occupational Information, Recruitment
For full text: http://www.womenemployed.org/publications/info_tech_careers.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois