I get some people asking ‘why would this be done by a man?’ and that's a fair question! So, having worked in the technology industry for some years, I saw first hand there was an issue with gender diversity and thought I could do something about it. I couldn't understand why there was such a problem and seemed outdated and backwards that there were not more equal numbers within the space. So teaming up with a couple of others who felt the same way, GirlCode was created. It is a personal objective of mine, to use my privilege for good, to assist with diversity in engineering.
I couldn't understand why there was such a problem and seemed outdated and backwards that there were not more equal numbers within the space.
What’s GirlCode and why was it created?
What's your community like?
We have a supportive, useful (we like to think) community and I am probably most excited about being able to hold meetup events throughout the UK and Europe once lockdown has been lifted and things are back to normal. We have so many people within our community who are looking forward to meeting other engineers from the platform which will be awesome. We now have over 5,000 members!
What are the common barriers for women to enter the tech industry?
I think one of the big barriers that exist are old perceptions about engineering that can sometimes put people off - but it’s good to see this is changing and the numbers of women in engineering jobs is increasing all of the time.
I think one of the big barriers that exist are old perceptions about engineering that can sometimes put people off...
Your favourite role model / success story from your community?
One of my favourite success stories to date has to be finding a fully remote position (yes they do exist) for someone who had just finished a coding bootcamp. She was so happy with her new role and has now even been promoted within that same company. This is one of the main reasons we do what we do.
Tell us about the London tech job market
There are a huge number of companies currently hiring, even with the pandemic still going on.
How do you support women who are already in tech?
You partner with companies, how?
We have been lucky enough to partner with over 100 companies in the short time we have been up and running and it's great to see they all have the desire to improve gender diversity within the industry! We work closely with our clients to help them fill open engineering positions from members within our community. We also help with the entire recruitment process and make suggestions and alterations if we feel there is a slightly better way to do things. We also have a job board in which we display jobs our clients are trying to fill.
We want to thank everyone for their fantastic support so far! We are also due to kickstart our meetup events again soon so look out for these!
You can become a member of the GirlCode community at www.Girl-Code.co.uk and follow us on social media to stay up to date: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - LinkedIn @GirlCodeRec. Watch this space for events with Le Wagon and other awesome initiatives we're working on together.