The future is bright for female engineers.
A resounding 41% of Harvard’s Computer Science majors in the class of 2013 were women, and that trend is only growing. Here are some tips as you look to build and expand your team with these bright minds:
Build strong ties to your local colleges and universities.
Encourage your technical women to serve as mentors and ambassadors to college students. Allow them to speak on panel discussions and lead workshops, or even host open office hours to allow female students to meet with them one-on-one.
Create a strong internship program.
Developing an undergraduate internship program that allows men and women to become a part of your organization. Paid internships will allow students to apply, regardless of their socio-economic background.
Additionally, provide each intern with a mentor to increase the impact of their internship and create a personal connection within the company. Creating a strong alumni base of these interns will help advance your talent pipeline.
Rework your job descriptions.
Make sure that prospective female candidates are not passing over your job descriptions. Focus on the desired skills and the measurable criteria, and keep it gender-neutral. Consider having both male and female engineers read over the description and offer feedback before it goes live.
Women are coming into the engineering space in record numbers. Making it a priority to attract strong-performing female engineers will ultimately help advance your organization.