The man-woman divide in the technical industries is unmistakeable.
First at university and now in the workplace, I’ve become accustomed to being in a male-dominated environment. Far from wanting to start a debate on the reasons behind the lack of women in technology, I’m much more interested in having a chance to educate, inform and encourage women about the technical career opportunities available to them.
From my perspective the challenge is to get the students not only interested in my favourite subject, but also impart enough knowledge and technical skill that they feel able to pursue an interest in web development should they choose to after the session. This means talking about my educational history and career path, explaining the basics of web development and HTML and then running through the activities step by step whilst also giving a helping hand to individual students who have questions. And all this in 50 minutes.
There’s no better environment for honing the skill of explaining the technical to non-technical folk. And there is no greater reward than seeing faces light up around a room as they delight in what they have managed to achieve.