Profiles: BCS Women

BCSWomen is a BCS Specialist Group that provides networking opportunities for all BCS professional women working in IT around the world. The Group’s main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls/women to enter IT as a career.

BCSWomen is the largest member group for women working in computing in the UK. With 1,300+ members (2012 figures) we offer a range of opportunities, services and support to women working in computing and IT, in related professions and also to students of computing.

Members can take advantage of:

1. Countrywide events covering a range of themes from technology to self actualisation. In 2010-2011 we held over a dozen face-to-face events, ranging from informal networking, career management sessions, evening comedy, through to full-day technical training sessions

2. A women-only online mailing list, which functions a bit like a virtual coffee room: topics of conversation have ranged from ‘bullying in the workplace’ and ‘how get a promotion’ to the ubiquitous technical queriesInformation sharing through the mailing list

3. A CV-advice clinic where job applicants can get personal feedback on their CV before applying

4. A chance to be involved in broader IT-related event including a Google Garden Party to ‘Save Bletchley Park’ (2011) and Celebrating Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday (2012) as well as celebrations for International Women’s Day and the Ada Lovelace Day activities

5. Access to one of the nation’s largest practical training networks

6. Access to mentors, through the organisation MentorSETProfessional networking that works

They also run really exciting competitions on their Competitions page. 

Posted on Tuesday Apr 5