Women Who Code visit PwC
20 December 2018
Trying to increase the representation of women in technology roles is a challenge that touches most organisations around the world. At PwC, we are no exception and we are always looking for opportunities to inspire and empower everyone to explore careers in technology. In support of this, we recently hosted an event for Women Who Code at our Edinburgh office.
Women Who Code are a global group with a community of around 700 members in Scotland’s capital city. The group organises many events such as hackathons, coding classes and conferences, all geared towards building confidence for women in technology careers. Each month, a different local company hosts an event and provides speakers, and, in November, we were delighted to have the opportunity to host the group.
These events are aimed at women from all backgrounds, from those thinking about changing their careers and moving into technology, those currently studying in a tech-related field or those already established and willing to give advice and mentorship. Each event is aimed at inspiring and educating women about technology careers, sharing personal journeys of members into these roles, and to help empower women to pursue careers in technology.
Three women in the Cyber Security and Data Analytics teams in Edinburgh organised and spoke at the event we hosted. This was a great opportunity for them to describe what their teams do and to demonstrate the importance of women in technology roles. Around 50 Women Who Code members attended the event, all leaving with a better understanding of the day-to-day technology work that we do at PwC.
An example of one of the empowering activities the group does during these meetings is the regular #ApplaudHer section. This is where members of the audience speak up and tell the group about something they’ve recently achieved that they’re proud of. During this section at this event, we applauded new jobs, promotions and passing of exams. This is one of the many ways the group aims to build confidence in their members as any accomplishment - big or small - receives a round of applause from the group. It was wonderful to see so many attendees overcoming doubts that we can all relate to.
What to know more?
If you’re interested in learning more ways you can get involved, take a look at the Tech She Can Charter, a joint industry initiative to take action to encourage more young women to pursue tech careers.
There are a variety of open technology roles for all backgrounds and experience levels at PwC, whether you’re a graduate or an experienced hire.
For more information about Women Who Code, or to see if there are any events in your area, please go to their website: https://www.womenwhocode.com/.