When a new employer opens an online job application, the first thing they look for is an online resume, which can take months to complete.
Nowadays, this is the case more often than not for women, with a report by cyber security consulting firm Cyber Security Matters stating that more than half of women in their 30s and 40s do not have a LinkedIn profile.
In fact, that’s up from 34 per cent in 2015.
To be fair, this isn’t the first time this has happened.
For some time, women in the field have been using social media to make connections with other women, and in the last few years, social media has become a great tool to meet other women in your target market, says Jill Sturgis, CEO of Cyber Security Consulting.
“What’s really surprising to me is that it’s not only women, but also people of colour and LGBTQ people and people of low socio-economic status.
So we know there’s a huge market out there for people with these skills and skills that can be applied to a range of businesses.”
Cyber Security Services, which is part of Sturgises group, is helping the industry to understand the different types of cyber security training available, and to offer the most effective training for those in need.
“If we can do better at identifying what the barriers are in the industry, we can make sure that the right skills are being passed on to the next generation,” Ms Sturgides says.
In her own work, Ms Storgis has seen women and other vulnerable people make their way into the IT industry, but this is a challenge for her.
“Women don’t often get to be in a position to understand what they’re doing and why they’re there,” she says.
“They don’t have the tools to make their own decisions about how to do this and what they need to be doing.”
Ms Strugs team has been training more than 400 people in a range the skills that they need, and is currently training 100 people a month to be qualified for jobs in IT.
But she’s not the only one.
Ms Sturgs group is also supporting a new company called Digital Health Solutions, which offers cyber security consultancy services, and has partnered with the Australian Government to fund a training and certification program.
This will enable more women to enter the field and become experts in their fields.
Ms Barlow is hoping to see more women in her target market take up cyber security, and that will ultimately lead to more women being employed in IT and the wider technology sector.
“I think that the world needs more women working in IT, and it’s really just a matter of time before we have more women who are in IT,” she said.
“We need to have more female engineers in this country and more women doing tech and IT, so we can really have a better future.”
What you need to understand Cyber security is one of the most important fields in the IT sector, but it can be tricky to find the right training.
Cyber security consultant Jill Streats says it’s all about the right skill sets, and how to incorporate them into a career.
Ms Barslow says she believes that there are a number of areas where there are more women than men in IT who need to learn, and the skills needed to apply.
“One of the things that we’re seeing is a really huge demand for people who are very comfortable in technology and who understand the importance of understanding cyber security.
We’re also seeing that more and more people who want to enter into this field, but are intimidated by it, are turning to training,” she explained.
“The first thing you need is an understanding of how things work, how things are structured, how they work on a computer and how they function.”
Ms Barsold says that the IT profession is also struggling with an issue called “the gender gap” in the workforce.
“There are a lot of men in the tech sector who are being held back in terms of access, in terms the opportunity to get to the top level,” she explains.
“And we also need to keep in mind that there is a lot more work that needs to be done on a national level to address this.”
For the first five years, Ms Barsoleo was an IT consultant and then in 2018 was appointed to the board of directors of the Australia Institute, a leading independent research institute.
“That’s when I realised that the people who were actually doing the work were men and I was in the wrong job and that I was a woman,” she remembers.
“In the last five years I’ve worked in different roles, I’ve done the IT business, and I’ve also been involved in the healthcare industry.”
Ms Baroleo says that she believes in the value of the field, and wants to see it expanded to cover other roles in the future.
“It’s not just a technical field