In an effort to support, encourage and inspire young women with aspirations of building a successful career in the Science and Technology sectors, the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is gearing up to host a Women in Technology seminar which will take place over the course of two days in February (Friday February 1st and Friday February 8th). Students of CIT’s Technology and Computing courses will gather at the Nimbus Research Centre located on the Bishopstown campus for the event.
Following an initial welcome address from Dr Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs at CIT, those in attendance at the two-day seminar will be given the opportunity to learn from a number of female professionals, who will discuss their success stories and their journey to a prominent role in Technology. Also on the agenda will be a series of practical workshops to give expert guidance to students in the areas of CV preparation, interview tips and techniques and how to successfully build a brand. The companies that will be represented include VMware, Poppulo, IBM, DELLEMC, Apple and McKesson.
McKesson, the oldest and largest healthcare company in the US, maintains an extensive and dedicated Cork team, which provides expert Corporate Business, Finance and IT solutions supporting a wide range of company partners worldwide. To achieve their goal of promoting women in technology, McKesson Cork sponsors a Women in IT Scholarship, which is now in its second year. Each year, the paid Scholarship is presented to a new female student of Computer Science at CIT and once awarded, is in place for each year of their undergraduate degree. As well as providing financial assistance, the Scholarship also offers an onsite internship within McKesson, which takes places during the third year of study. A mentorship element is part and parcel of this attractive initiative, giving students the opportunity to learn from the many talented software developers, network analysts and cyber security specialists employed by McKesson Cork.
One of the keynote speakers at the seminar will be Susan O’Riordan, McKesson Cork. Susan, a Computer Science graduate, is a Product Owner who represents the customers’ needs to the development team. Speaking ahead of the event, she commented: “I am delighted to take part in this event and share the journey of my career in IT. This event is a fantastic way to get an insight into some of the different career paths within tech, helping students to have a focus for their future career as well as providing a wonderful opportunity for students to ask all the questions they want. I would have loved this opportunity when I was studying!”
The CIT Women in Technology seminar will take place over two days, Friday 1st February and Friday 8th February at the Nimbus Research Centre at CIT.
For further information on McKesson Cork, visit www.mckessoncork.ie.