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FemResources Tech Job Readiness Model

Our primary focus: tackling tech job readiness head on through apprenticeships, career-advancing soft skills, and mentorship.

Why apprenticeship

There's a growing population of people aspiring to a career in technology who have a degree and work experience. Problem is, the degree isn't in computer science and their experience isn't specific to tech. These career switchers are graduating from tech programs known as coding bootcamps, coming out of two-year community college computer science and IT programs with certifications, or some have taught themselves how to program. And still, with all their experience and aspirations, most are not ready for a full time role as a developer or programmer.

Apprenticeship provides the critical vehicle for transforming an employee with early tech skills to a more skilled and knowledgeable professional who's ready to take on a technical role. Apprenticeship provides an immersive experience where the employee learns and builds new skills, expands her ability to contribute as her skill set expands, and is fully supported while she's in the program.

Why career-building soft skills

FemResources knows that one of the best ways to launch and advance one’s career is through developing a personal brand that builds and accelerates over time. We believe it’s never too early to start. Even though one’s expertise and core message will change as their career evolves, there are certain principles and skills that successful people embrace, hone and carry out throughout their lives.

The FemResources personal branding approach is founded on building skills and abilities to influence and communicate complex ideas — through public speaking, writing and effective message communication.

Why mentorship

Going it alone in life has rarely been an option. For early-career technical women, having a support system is critical. Key to this support is mentorship.

The right mentor at the right time can guide the mentee or protégé towards building and advancing a robust, rewarding career. A mentor shines a guiding light on the path ahead, and shows the mentee how to think strategically about her career and intentionally determine what success looks like for her.

In an employer-sponsored apprenticeship, each apprentice has an employer-provided mentor, a person with deep expertise who is there to guide the way and give the apprentice technical guidance and advice for navigating the workplace.

How FemResources can help

FemResources is ready to guide employers on how to set up an apprenticeship, help source apprentice candidates, and provide ongoing support.

To learn more, contact Roberta Guise, roberta@femresources.org