According to The Guardian, whilst the technology sector has been growing steadily, there is still a huge gap in tech expertise, which is costing the UK an estimated £63bn each year.
Despite the availability of around 600,000 jobs in the technology sector, women remain largely underrepresented, with only 3% of females stating that a career in tech would be their first choice.
We spoke with our Junior Developer Mhairi Campbell who joined the company last year to find out what had attracted her to a career in technology.
“From a young age through to high school, I considered numerous career options, from astronaut through to actress, however it wasn’t until my last years in high school that I started to develop my passion to technology”, explained Mhairi. “One of my teachers was really supportive and would take us on lots of tech-themed trips which really inspired me – one of them was to Abertay Uni which I ended up studying at!”.
Since taking up her post with KMsoft, Mhairi has had the opportunity to further build on her software development skills.
“I absolutely love working in the tech sector. It feels great to be able to solve a problem, even a complex one, on my own and I believe the support from our CEO has helped me grow professionally. I can apply my skills to a variety of scenarios and situations, even non tech-related! Overall, working in this environment has allowed me to meet very supportive and helpful colleagues, which is very encouraging when someone is starting out in the tech sector”, added Mhairi.
With more and more courses and access routes designed to help candidates re-train and transfer their skillset, there has never been such an opportune time as now for women to consider a career in the dynamic world of technology.