So What?
Subject:   Presenting IT as an Option
Date:   2007-09-06 11:34:10
From:   kromano
Not only is mixing CS with other degrees a good idea but I think CS, MIS, etc. need to be offered as viable options for young women researching career paths.

I grew up in Silicon Valley with a father in EE surrounded by gadgets. I remember "playing" on his Commdore and writing a Fortran program as a game. And while I enjoyed logic and numbers in highschool, no one ever recommended a degree in CS! I was told "You're outgoing and gregarious, so how about Marketing?" or "If you like numbers, many women go into Accounting." It wasn't until I aced my Intro to IS that my teacher asked me to consider a career in IT. Granted I went middle of the road, opting for Business MIS and a minor in CS, but I've found it very rewarding.

If it wasn't for that one special teacher, I'd be an accountant now instead of owning my own software company!

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  • Presenting IT as an Option
    2007-09-06 11:57:52  dmarsh26 [View]

    Careers advice is often legendarilly naff, theres a few good comedy sketches on it. "So you like swimming, have you thought of the navy?" ;)

    Most people have to find their own path or get saved by the 'one good teacher'. I wanted to be a programmer from the age of 10, I didn't need to be told.

    A company I worked for took part in a women in IT program, I think this is generally too late. Interest needs to be spiked at a young age like you found.