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Empowering Young Women’s career choices in Modern Business

Business Information Systems (BIS, UCC) is hosting a seminar entitled “Empowering Young Women’s career choices in Modern Business” on Friday Feb 28th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in Rochestown Park Hotel. We have invited Career Guidance counsellors from Cork city and county to attend, industry representatives and female IT graduates. The objective of the seminar is to communicate the extent of the potential opportunities available to young women with technology related skillsets, in terms of career progression, financial rewards, entrepreneurship and opportunities to travel.

This seminar will be chaired by Regina Murray (Senior Director – Education Microsoft Western Europe)

The speakers will include:                 

  • Senator Deirdre Clune Seanad Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation
  • Kate Lee - Director Credit Suisse Group, London, UK
  • Regina Murray (Microsoft)

The panel discussion will follow chaired by Regina Murray

Panel Members:

Linda King – Manager Morgan McKinley, Cork, Ireland

Lorraine O’Connor - Vice President State Street Back via Skype from Toronto, Canada

Eamon Ryan - Cork Women’s Senior Football Manager

The backdrop to this event –

Significantly the Irish government is promising 44,000 new jobs in ICT over the next 4/5 years however we have recorded a noticeable drop in the number of young women choosing BSc BIS in UCC, this decline of female take up of IT related degrees is evident right across the globe and has resulted in the “Women in IT” campaign. In many respects it is too late to address this issue once decisions about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees have been made. The discussion needs to occur much earlier, at primary and most importantly at secondary level, in conjunction with third level institutions (such as ourselves) and industry. This holistic approach should work to provide young women with the knowledge and confidence to make the right decision about their future careers.

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