FemResources' 3 Pillars for Tech Job Readiness and Career Advancement
Our primary focus is tackling tech job readiness head on through apprenticeships, accelerating career-advancing strategies and competencies, and mentorship.
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 boot camps, 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, many are not ready for a full-time role as a programmer.
Employer-hosted 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. And apprenticeship inspires loyalty in apprentices who complete the program.
Why career-advancing professional skills
FemResources knows that one of the best ways to launch and advance one’s career is through developing a set of traits and competencies that strengthen over time. Those who succeed in today’s tech workplace don’t rely solely on technical skills. They have a determined mindset around the value they bring to the job and workplace, are able to convey value through superior communication and activities, and function with confidence.
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.
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.