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CompTIA promotes the dream of a career in IT for women

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CompTIA’s Advancing Women in IT Community group has launched its Dream IT world initiative in Australia and New Zealand in an endeavour to focus attention on the need for more women to take up IT careers.

The non-profit IT industry trade association’s Dream IT programme is a global effort led by CompTIA’s Advancing Women in IT Community group aimed at imparting the message that the IT industry is a “great place for women and girls”.

The Dream IT program was successfully launched in the US in 2014 and in the UK in 2015 by the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community group which includes both women and men enjoying successful careers in IT.

The group aims to empower women and girls with the know-how and skills they need to launch and grow their own IT careers.

Karen Drewitt, general manager, The Missing Link, and member of the CompTIA ANZ Executive Council, says the local ANZ community has shown real dedication in preparing for the launch of the initiative. “Involving women in IT is an important issue and I urge everyone to get involved in the cause and spread the message.”

Drewitt says the IT industry offers endless opportunities for women, but it has been a challenge for the industry to get that message across to young people.

“Dream IT aims to address that challenge and introduce young women to the range of opportunities offered by technology careers.

“A greater number of women in IT will bring a balance of leadership styles and interpersonal skills to the IT workplace, and help alleviate the growing IT skills gap in Australia and New Zealand.”

The ANZ Dream IT website features ready-made presentation materials and resources anyone can use to spread the message about the opportunities in the IT workforce for women and girls.

Drewitt says women and girls interested in learning more about careers in IT can visit the Career Resource Centre which has comprehensive information on IT career options, tips for securing jobs, testimonials from women now in the IT workforce, and links to organisations that provide opportunities for mentoring, STEM education, and career guidance.

To access more information on the Dream IT initiative and learn how to get involved, click here.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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