TARGETjobs is partnering with global financial services firm, J.P. Morgan to deliver a series of events in London, Glasgow and Nottingham for female undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in technology.
According to a 2015 report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), just one quarter (26%) of those working in the digital sector are female – significantly below the UK average of 47% in other sectors.
Now in its seventh year, TARGETjobs’ program IT’s not just for the boys!, seeks to address this urgent need for more female undergraduates in the technology sector. Through a series of talks, skills-building workshops, technology-based team challenges and recruiter discussions, it gives female students an exclusive opportunity to experience the passion and excitement of working in technology and to speak directly to firms offering fantastic career opportunities.
J.P. Morgan employs over 44,000 technologists globally and employs thousands of technologists in the UK, at hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bournemouth. The firm spends over $9 billion on technology each year, including cyber security and investments in financial technology start ups.
“Technology has never been more important for financial services and for J.P. Morgan; in many respects we are a technology firm,” said Michael Elliott, managing director in technology at J.P. Morgan. “The impact that great technologists can have at J.P. Morgan is enormous, so we’re committed to finding the brightest and best people from a wide range of backgrounds. The opportunity to meet and network with talented women who share our passion for technology is significant for us and we’re committed to supporting career opportunities for women in technology.”
All applicants to IT’s not just for the boys! undertake a rigorous selection process. In 2015, nearly 1000 undergraduates from over 70 different UK universities applied to the programme, with more than 250 selected to participate one of the four events. As well as presenting valuable insights into life at their organisation and offering advice on how to stand-out as the best candidate in the recruitment process, attending employers subsequently offer selected students unique experiences such as the opportunity to visit their offices and meet key personnel.J.P. Morgan employs over 44,000 technologists globally and employs thousands of technologists in the UK, at hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bournemouth. The firm spends over $9 billion on technology each year, including cyber security and investments in financial technology start ups.
“We are very pleased to welcome our new event programme partner, J.P. Morgan to this established and successful event”, says Kirsty Drummond, TARGETjobs account director. “J.P. Morgan has a great reputation for innovation and a huge network of successful and passionate female role-models who will inspire the women coming to our events and help to redress the gender balance in technology careers.”
In addition to representatives attending from J.P. Morgan, students get the chance to meet other organisations, including Accenture, AIG, BAE Systems, Bloomberg, Capital One, CHP Consulting, CGI, Deutsche Bank, EMC, FIS, IBM, John Lewis, Orbium, Thomson Reuters and ThoughtWorks. Over 35 employers are expected to take part in the 2016/2017 programme which includes 5 events.
The first IT’s not just for the boys! event takes place in London on 28 October 2016. Students looking for more information and to apply can go to www.targetjobsevents.co.uk/its-not-just-for-the-boys