Earlier in the month, the world came together in celebration of International Women’s Day. Forging a better and more gender-balanced world has long been an important issue. Not just in our societal communities, but within our businesses and industries also.
‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’ was this year’s underlying message, and RDS Global was proud to support that sentiment — attending an extraordinary event (coinciding with International Women’s Day) showcasing the career opportunities available to women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.
Whether we like to admit or not, stereotypes in specific industries do exist. Many perceive the sciences and technology sectors, in particular, to be male-centric, and that’s a narrative we think needs to change.
We’ve always been very vocal about our efforts to remove barriers facing talented individuals in the IT sector, and this month’s ‘Women in STEM’ event — in association with Derby’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College — provided another opportunity for us to do just that.
Attended by pupils from across the region, we got to speak with young girls and women with a passion for technology, introducing them to the RDS team and the many different career avenues available to them in the IT sector.
What’s more, Charlotte Brandon, Pawel and David were on-hand to demonstrate some truly impressive tech alongside Danny Gregory from Pulse VR. Nothing gets pupils more inspired than a first-hand look at the fantastic ways technologies are changing how we work, live and move forward in today’s rapidly evolving world.
“At RDS Global, we’re extremely proud of promoting equality and diversity,” explains Andy Flinn, CEO. “For us, it’s not about ticking boxes — it’s about establishing a culture that brings out the best in absolutely everyone.
“It begins with making sure that women’s and girls’ interests in IT remains encouraged. That’s why it’s so important for local businesses, such as ourselves, to come down to these events, and to engage pupils on a level that doesn’t patronise — but instead inspires and shows them what is achievable.”
The reactions we got on the day were phenomenal. We want to thank Derby College and Derby Roundhouse for giving us the opportunity to showcase what we do. We’d also like to thank the students for their enthusiasm and their curiosity. Seeing so many bright and empowered young women continues to make us proud of the direction the future of our industry is heading.