International Girls in ICT Day is the global day for girls to learn more about careers in information communication technologies (ICTs).
ITU estimates that within the next 10 years, more than 2 million jobs will go unfilled because of a lack of digital specialists. As a fast-growing and innovative field, girls with technical skills can find rewarding career opportunities in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, telecommunications and more.
Who could be better placed to describe the possibilities in the field of ICT than mentors in the sector?
In the videos below, we hear from mentors from Network of Women for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 on ways to get involved and some of the amazing benefits of working in this technical field.
“Girls! This is a place where you can excel and where you can have an incredibly rewarding career. You can earn good money, which I think is something that’s worth considering. And you’ll have a lifetime of interesting projects and experiences!” says Julie Zoller, Chief Government Affairs Officer at Omnispace.
Joining a network of support is a key enabler for women to advance in the technical world, says Luciana Camargos, Director for GSMA Brazil.
“It’s really important for the girls and for the women who work in this industry to make their voice heard,” says Camargos. “I can’t count how many times I had lunch by myself in the cafeteria or had to find where things were in Geneva by myself. I didn’t know any delegates and that went on for a few years. I would really have benefited from a network that could support me.”
The Network of Women for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (NOW4WRC19) is a professional network of women and men who are preparing women for leadership roles for the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference in Egypt in October 2019.
Through mentoring, information sharing and active one-on-one support, this network is making strides to support future innovators in the field of ICTs. To hear from more leading women in Radiocommunications watch the YouTube Playlist here