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Girls Encouraged to Consider Careers in ICT

Girls are being encouraged to consider careers in information and communications technology (ICT), by the Most Hon. Juliet Holness.

Opening the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) ‘Girls in ICT Day’ event on April 26, Mrs. Holness implored the girls in attendance to explore the possibilities in the sector, highlighting that the European Commission has predicted a skills gap of over 500,000 ICT jobs by 2020.

She further noted that the United States Department of Labour has forecast the creation of approximately 1.4 million information technology (IT)-related jobs, and Canada is expected to create over 218,000 computer-related jobs.

“As ICT levels the playing field and makes the world much smaller, the opportunities are global,” Mrs. Holness said, adding that “as a woman, you can do anything”.

She identified special skills that women take into ICT, such as emotional intelligence, attention to detail and passion.

Mrs. Holness encouraged the girls to be a part of the male-dominated field, noting that she herself was employed in a male-dominated area – real estate development.

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