Women advance in ICT

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The most significant development in human resources and recruitment in ICT is the advancement of women into all areas of the sector.

This is the view of Teryl Schroenn, CEO of HR and payroll supplier Accsys, and recipient of the Businesswomen's Association Award.

The phased increase in the availability of skilled female ICT practitioners is indicative that the industry has woken up to this development, says Schroenn. “It demonstrates that the sector has reached a level of maturity and it also expands SA's skills pool, in terms of quality and volume. This bodes well for the future,” she adds.

“Businesses have become increasingly aware of the fact that women are suited to any position within information technology that appeals to them and they are passionate about. We have women technicians as well as programmers, business developers, service consultants, and managers.

“Being able to wield a screwdriver is not beyond the ability of women, it is simply a matter of training and practice,” Schroenn adds.

“Many successful information technology people come from an engineering background - not traditionally a degree of choice for women. There are so many different career options underpinned by on-the-job skills development and training; however, that original degree choice should not limit the opportunity to advance,” she explains.

“It is true that the logical brain that succeeds in maths, science and engineering is suited for information technology, but so too is the analytical brain that can 'dissect' a poem or understand complex literature and legalese,” notes Schroenn.

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