Thursday, 6 June 2013

10 Good Reasons for girls to do Computer Science

Just 140 girls took A-level Computing last year. Now, I know it could be argued that they took Mathematics instead and are still planning to go into Computer Science. However I remember working at ARM and HR did everything possible to try to encourage women to apply, but even so about 90% of the applicants were men.

5 Noble Reasons 

  1. A woman invented coding, you can be part of the sisterhood. (Ada Lovelace)
  2. You can choose to focus on problem-solving or be creative
  3. Women have improved humanity, because of their coding skills. (Look to the right)
  4. It's actually a very caring profession. Great code makes people's lives easier, more fun and productive.
  5. You can give back to the world - Open Source is a movement to share applications and programs with the world.

5 Selfish Reasons

  1. It pays more than a lot of professions.
  2. You can work from home. If you have a child, you can easily take on freelance projects after the children have gone to bed. With programming you can have it all!
  3. I don't like to say this, but if you want to marry a rich man, your chances are greatly improved in the technology sector.
  4. There's no physical work in this. You don't have to do lots of horrible exercise. Unless you want to, but surely you'd prefer the air-conditioned gym included in your package? 
  5. You could work in a beautiful office with most of the chores done for you, have you seen Google or Apple's offices? 
P.S. Please get on with it, I don't want my daughter to have no friends when she grows up and becomes a Computer Scientist. I've bought her Computer Engineer Barbie and everything!