Despite the value of an MCSE or similar industry qualification, 88% of UK women wouldnâ€™t consider a career in technology, according to research carried out by Firebrand Training. ~ research shows that IT industry is failing to attract talented women ~
Despite the value of an MCSE or similar industry qualification, 88% of UK women wouldn’t consider a career in technology, according to research carried out by Firebrand Training. They see the industry as being ‘boring’ and ‘uninspiring’, demanding extensive technical training, especially for courses such as Microsoft’s MCSE, MCSA or MCP accreditations, the de facto Microsoft certifications.
The survey of 150 recent female graduates , showed that 132 would choose a job in management consultancy, marketing or teaching as their first or second choice. Only six of those polled would consider IT, and none had even heard of the MCSE. Those questioned said that they don’t find a career in technology attractive because there is no call for skills such as team working, strategic thinking or creativity. Instead, the belief is that a role in IT is dull and monotonous, requiring only the highly technical knowledge, such as of Server Administrators working with Windows Server 2003 or 2008.
“The general perception that an IT career cannot not live up to women’s professional expectations is not true,” said Robert Chapman, co-founder of Firebrand Training.
“The industry is missing out on an enormous pool of talent because it is not doing enough to uncover the hidden truth of what a tech career is really like,” he continued. “Positions such as project manager demand strong teamworking and management capabilities, a technology consultant requires highly strategic thinking, while a programmer must have creative skills. These are all areas in which women have continually proved their strength.”
“The onus is on companies to reverse this problem and raise awareness of what a job in IT really involves. The industry is at the forefront of British business, and a number of women have found a career in this space to be exciting and challenging.”
 Females who have graduated since June 1999
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About Firebrand Training’s MCSE training
MCSE Bootcamp in 14 days, anyone? Firebrand Training is challenging the way in which professional training is delivered.
Firebrand Training, formerly known as The Training Camp, has pioneered Accelerated Learning courses for busy IT professionals. The organisation’s innovative approach to MCSE training course delivery has led to its status as the Institute of IT Training’s “IT Training Company of the Year” for three years – something no other IT Training company has achieved.
MCSE students are totally immersed in the subject matter, receiving an average of 12 hours intense tuition per day at a residential training site. Subject experts implement a range of teaching methodologies designed to fit with how we best understand and retain information during different periods in the day. Accelerated Learning is an attractive proposition for contractors, whose time commands very high premiums, and employers who need to minimise staff absence. Firebrand Training has an above average pass rate of 85% – confounding critics’ claims that Accelerated Learning fails to produce results.
Firebrand Training was founded by Robert Chapman and Stefano Capaldo in Summer 2001 as The Training Camp. Stefano was a former student in the US and rated the company’s approach so highly that he decided to launch a programme of courses in the UK. The organisation has since been recognised by Microsoft as a Gold Partner for Learning Solutions (MCPLS) and over 17,000 students have been trained in the UK to date. The success of the company enabled the management team to relaunch as Firebrand Training, which is focused on delivering training courses specifically designed for a European market.
Firebrand Training offers a range of courses covering all major vendors such as Microsoft (MCSE, MCP, MCSA), Cisco, Oracle, Sun, and Novell, as well as specialist certifications in the areas of security, business intelligence, project and business process management.
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