Building a Community of Female ICT Professionals: Drawn to Technology
Thursday, March 24 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Harborside Center
Presider: Henry Gillow-Wiles, Southern Oregon University, United States
Abstract: Current jobs in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are not being filled and projections indicate the job market will grow. There is a critical need for more people to enter into the ICT workforce, but females are not enrolling in courses that teach ICT. Given the decline of females in ICT professions, it becomes important to examine why females choose to enter into the career. The purpose of this study was to understand females ICT professionals' experiences that led them to choose an ICT career. Within the qualitative paradigm, a transcendental phenomenological approach for research was chosen. Five themes emerged and from this point, two essences emerged: Collaborative Spirit and Creative Design. An overarching theme and underlying essence of being "Drawn to Technology" was an overall impetus to why the participants chose a career in ICT.