Over forty STEM students have participated in CIT Advance, a new initiative led by Dr Ramona Marfievici, CONNECT Research Fellow at Cork Institute of Technology, which aims to provide mentorship and encouragement for women working in tech.
The event included a series of workshops in CV preparation and interview techniques, as well as career advice. Dr Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs at CIT, opened the event.
The idea for the event came when Dr Ramona Marfievici of the Nimbus Research Centre in CIT was invited to San Francisco last year to participate in the
The idea for CIT Advance originated in Ramona’s attendance at a mentoring workshop for women graduates hosted by the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) in San Francisco.
Dr Marfievici collaborated with Oonagh O’Brien from CIT’s Department of Computer Science and Catherine Murphy from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems to establish CIT Advance.
Quoted in the Cork Independent, Dr Marfievici said:
“The response from CIT and the wider tech community in Cork has been phenomenal. Events like this are crucial in highlighting the unseen obstacles that women face daily in a male-dominated tech world.
“With recent research indicating that women’s marginalised presence in computing may result in women psychologically disengaging, and ultimately dropping out, it is now time to do everything we can to support and encourage this new generation of women to strive for career longevity and excellence.”
CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.