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EU Fears That Women See IT Careers As Boring and Too Technical

Do You Think Tech Jobs Are Geeky?

And I don't mean geek chic. The EU is concerned about the image of the IT Industry in Europe because they need to attract more women, but fear the current stigma of workers in tech as "geeky and unsociable" will keep the ladies out of the tech workforce.

Europe needs 300,000 female workers in the industry by 2010, and EU Commissioner Viviane Reding says women think careers in IT are "boring and too technical," even though there are tons of jobs and a huge demand for women.

In my little universe, surrounded by my gaggle of geeky girls here, I want to turn my nose up and say "nuh uh" but I have to acknowledge that there's truth to it. A friend of mine in HR at Google says the company is desperate for female engineers, but they're "just not there." A guy I met recently had interviewed at YouTube, but admitted that it was a "much dorkier" job than he'd ever seen himself in (yes, I assured him this was the Bay Area, where tech is the height of coolness).

What do you think about tech jobs? Do they sound boring? Cool? Do you want one?


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aishajcreative aishajcreative 9 years
honestly, there are some tech jobs that i could NEVER imagine doing. NEVER. for the simple fact that they seem so boring. however, i do believe the nature of what makes up an IT department is changing b/c almost everything has a "tech" attached to it. i majored in tv production in undergrad, but now work as a multimedia specialist on the IT team. i want to consider myself a tech, though since i need to be aware of networking terms/practices (as well as broadcasting and web technology).
Carib-Chic Carib-Chic 9 years
The EU's concerns are justified. At my former college there was only one girl besides me in my class. Which was considered a record. The reasons I wasn't excepted into a course (although I can't prove it) was because I am a girl and the head of the IT department like the fact that it was all boys. The whole time he made his comments and I just ignored them because I didn't want to believe that he was sexist. Now, I might consider changing subjects because I don't want to go through that again and the experience has left me doubting my abilities.
vee8888 vee8888 9 years
I am graduating as an engineer in computer sciences this year. I live in Belgium, and I have to say that the EU's concerns are justified. There are only 2 other girls, of a total of +- 30 students in my year. And this is considered a lot, because other years have only 1 or even no girls at all. A lot of the companies I met at job fairs in the last weeks have told me that they want to hire more women, but they can't because there just aren't enough women studying for a job in IT. The geeky/anti-social image of the tech industry made me seriously consider changing my major 2 years ago. But I decided to stick to computer sciences because it really interests me. I hope to find a job next year with a good work/life balance and social colleagues!
kaenai kaenai 9 years
If I could find a training like the one I'm in for Biotechnology, I'd be in IT quite happily.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I have a degree in IT. It all depends on the person. Alot of women I know go into Nursing or Radiography. To me that's too technical and geeky. Give me a computer and some cat5e and I'm a happy camper.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I'm a tech but also have an art background. Was actually working at a very decent Advertising Agency when I left to go be a tech. That was 8 years ago and I can't even tell you how much I love my job. It however is a dude fest. Apple has these training "camps" for us and it is 99% male. This last one I went to I was 7 months pregnant which made me stand out even more. ;-)
Madamesoybean Madamesoybean 9 years
I started in anthro and am now a GIS's geeky but it's fun. Plus everyone needs you in every can live, work and play anywhere in the world!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
They sound pretty cool to me. I don't have that kind of mindset to do something like that, but for people who can, that's awesome!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
When people ask my what my boyfriend does, I say he's a professional geek. People don't care what he does unless it's a recognizable title. Doctor, teacher, janitor--whatever. CTO, what? CSO, huh? He makes big bucks in his geeky career and that's all I care about. ;) Over the years, women have come and gone at his job. All I will say is that they haven't been exactly GeekSugar girls cute. :) Personally, I wouldn't want a technical job. To be fair, I don't want any job. :) Things online are cool and fun, things in a technical environment, not so fun. For me. I would be considered geeky in some ways: my love of the internet which my friends use maybe once a month; my verging-on-obsession love for MMO's. If technology were a tree, I'd enjoy it's shade and lovely flowers (it's a flowering tree, ok?) but I don't care to know about how to keep it thriving. If I see a wilty flower, I just call for my BF.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
EvilDorkGirl, I was an art major that's kind of inspiring! I know HTML & XML...but I feel like other languages are too over my head. I'm taking a Flash class right now, hoping to get more comfortable with Actionscript.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
Being the only woman at a tech company with 25+ employees, I feel the shortage of women in my field every day. I think they were very fair in the hiring process and have never treated me as a lesser person. My husband was in a position to hire for a highly technical IT job last year, and he could not find a woman to hire who was qualified. He even invited women to interview who he might not have had they been male, because he wanted a woman to bring a different perspective to the team. The problem is pretty simple: there just aren't enough smart women who are choosing careers in technology. For those of you saying you don't have the skill -- I bet you do if you start from the ground up. I think that's the mistake most women make, thinking they are not qualified. I was an art major and somehow ended up an engineer. Go figure.
askfrasco askfrasco 9 years
I have a tech job and it is great to be cute and techie! My latest project is EFactor It is a place for entrepreneurs to meet other entrepreneurs and find funding. Check it out!
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
I think it's so hot when guys know coding former nerd crush set up a PHP form for me and I thought I was in love. =p
ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
I'm not sure what I want to take up doing, my boyfriend wants me to get a job working at the nightvision company he's got a job with. I like to joke that I should be able to find a job no matter what, I can meet two minority quotas in one...
shopper10024 shopper10024 9 years
I have a tech job and in my office, they (male upper management) are a lot tougher on the women they interview, especially the college recruits.
catfsh34 catfsh34 9 years
i have a tech job at a school and it is the best job ever!!! women shouldn't be afraid to get into the tech industry....we have 2 women and 3 men in the department :-) and it is just fantastic
Lambsauce Lambsauce 9 years
I actually think a tech job would be fantastic. But... it's not for me. Like berichard, I don't have the right skills for the field. Besides, I don't think I'd ever be able to give up pursuing a career in biology... I love it far too much.
berichard berichard 9 years
I don't think it's too geeky, I just don't have the skill set for it. If I'm going to put in yers on education to my career, it has to be something I really enjoy! Information Technology is so broad, too, making it less appealing since you can't really picture yourself doing it.
eediva eediva 9 years
oh please give me a break! it's a well known fact in the engineering/IT industry how hard it is to get into Google. And how much of a boys club it is! I already starred in that party in college, I'm not prepared to do it over again.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I have a tech job and I think it's pretty great *shuffles feet*
djkatscan djkatscan 9 years This is why I was involved with this event. Anything to grow the ranks of girl geeks!
psychobabe psychobabe 9 years
Sure... I'm majoring in History because it's less geeky! ¬¬ That's SO stupid.
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