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first_imgIt was a real no brainer when the announcement of the STEMAspire program came out that I was keen to get involved. Supporting women in IT and youth learning is what I am passionate about. It makes up my core values and morals as a woman in the IT industry.Over the past 18 years I have seen a real shift in the attitude and acceptance of women in the IT industry. Although we still have a long way to go to get the gender balance right, Dell are leading the way in making IT an equal playing field.The Pipeline problemIt is clear that schools offer STEM subjects as part of their curriculum, where we see there is a high uptake of STEM subjects by females at this stage in their lives, which is great. However, this number significantly drops when it comes to Higher education choices and there after a dramatic drop when planning or considering a career in technology.This is where the Dell Glasgow STEMAspire program is leading the gender balance issue with our 12-month mentoring program – to encourage STEM subject females to remain in industry and inform of the great job diversity available in technology.Mark White, Site Lead for Dell in Scotland, noted that as retention was a key element of the programme, it would aim to assist women as early as possible in their studies. White noted: “We meet a lot of women who have decided to buck the trend and gain an education in a STEM topic and we’ve been increasingly concerned by the number of them who, during their education, decide to look at other careers.“The gender imbalance in technology does get a little more equal every year, but this is being hampered when female graduates get some experience of working in our industry and decide it’s not for them. The feedback we receive is all too-often based around just how male-dominated the industry feels.”This is why being a mentor for this program is so important to the wider Women in Tech picture and ultimately why I signed up –  to help empower and enhance women’s motivation and aspirations to plan a career in Technology.Being a MentorI have gained so much already from being a mentor, not just the comfort that I am contributing to the greater good, but that I am supporting a young adult in her career goals and choices whilst opening a network of career sponsors to help her further. Over the course of the past 10 months, as a Mentor, I have developed my communication skills, realised my leadership skills and expanded my social media understanding and user skills.I meet with Vardah, my Mentee, every month and we spend time going through her goals – short and long term. We meet in the Dell Glasgow office, have some lunch and talk about her next steps, key objectives and what I can do to support these.I find the benefits of being a Mentor exciting. They allow me to share my expertise, exercise my leadership skills, expand my network and obtain fresh perspectives, whilst investing in our organisations future.I would encourage anyone to get involved – you will be thankful of the opportunity and find reward in the process.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Customs officers and the Gardai in Co Donegal have smashed a drugs smuggling operation.Drugs worth more than €140,000 was seized when they were posted to an address in Lettekenny yesterday.In a follow-up operation a 28 year old man was arrested and is being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station. The drugs, 4- Methylethcathinone, with an estimated street value of €140,000, was seized at a private house and weigh 4 kilograms.4 MEC, is a synthetic stimulant that is chemically similar to Mephedrone.Gardai across Donegal have been carrying out numerous searches as part of an overall campiagn against drug-delaing.Officers raided a house in the Mountaintop area last night and this morning detectives were searching fields in and around the dual carriageway outside of Letetrkenny. Gardai in Letterkenny are remaining tight-lipped about the operation.  DONEGAL GARDAI BUST MAJOR POSTAL DRUGS SMUGGLING OPERATION was last modified: November 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drugsGardailetterkennylast_img read more