5 tips for women to thrive in IT

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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be more than 1.2 million computing-related job openings by 2022—and far from enough qualified workers to fill those jobs. What’s more, female candidates for information technology (IT) jobs are expected to be in high demand as companies seek to adjust the gender balance of their workforce.

Editor's Note: This content orignially appeared on Capella University's blog.

Currently, for example, women comprise just 15% of the technical staff at Facebook and 17% of the workforce at Google, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. Even Pinterest, a social network that’s hugely popular with women, has trouble attracting female tech talent.

If you’re a woman considering a career in IT, there are many upsides to entering the field, including positions that are well-compensated, and fairly equal when comparing experience, education, and job titles. However, you may have to navigate some challenges that your male counterparts don’t. So what should women keep in mind to thrive in IT?

Capella compiled 5 tips to do so: 

  • Choose Your Battles
  • Prove your worth regularly
  • Communication and multitasking are key
  • Continuous learning and hard work
  • Change the game 

To learn more about these tips, read the full article here.

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