Call for men­tors

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Statewide -

WOMEN work­ing in the IT and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor want ac­cess to for­mal men­tors to help them progress in their ca­reers and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as work/life bal­ance.

Re­search by women’s net­work Fe­males in IT and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions finds 35 per cent of women want a men­tor to help with their ca­reer path.

About 60 per cent want the chance to learn from oth­ers through net­work­ing and 42 per cent want guid­ance on work/life bal­ance.

Chair­woman Ter­rie An­der­son says there has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in women’s pro­grams and ini­tia­tives in the past few years.

“While this is hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact, we be­lieve more can be done to en­able women to progress to­wards more se­nior po­si­tions, par­tic­u­larly in sec­tors such as ICT that are his­tor­i­cally not fe­male-driven,” she says.

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