According to a recent survey conducted by Microsoft, girls tend to have peak interest in STEM subjects at around age 11 and then usually lose interest at about age 15. This loss of appeal happens with humanities subjects as well, but generally rebounds later. The results can be attributed to many things, but the survey indicates that many girls find it difficult to maintain interest in a subject where they see so few women role models. As you’ll see in the latest Women in IT series interview below, having inspirational women in science and technology roles is a key part of the ongoing effort to bring equality in representation to the IT employment world.


Virginia Fielding, Consultant, Melbourne

Like many people working in IT, Virginia Fielding comes from a background in engineering. She grew up with a keen interest in STEM subjects, no doubt influenced by her three brothers who also work in science and tech-related fields. She got her start after graduation working at Hewlett Packard, making a name for herself in the managed services area. Eventually, she moved on from HP and accepted a position at JDS, where she has worked for the past eight years.

We asked Virginia about her career journey thus far, and what her advice for other women interested or working in IT roles would be.

JDS strongly encourages work/life balance for their employees.

What drew you to IT?

I like the idea of solving problems for people with practical solutions and became interested in engineering during high school. I discovered I could study both IT and engineering at university and studied computer systems engineering and computer science. I enjoyed both the hardware and software components of the course and, upon graduating, started my career in IT.

What drew you to a job at JDS?

One thing that drew me to JDS was the friendly and supportive culture. On top of that, the opportunity to work with various clients in different industry sectors was an aspect that I found interesting.

Have you progressed in your career at JDS? If so, how?

Since joining JDS, I’ve strengthened and developed my knowledge through various client engagements, attending product seminars and training. I have also expanded my knowledge of other products that are part of JDS’s service offering.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be in IT?

IT is a growing profession but is under-represented by women. Having women in IT provides role models for young women who are into technology and hopefully encourages them to see IT as a career path.

Why is JDS a good place to work for women?

JDS strongly encourages work/life balance for their employees. After starting my family, JDS fully supported me in returning to work as a part-time consultant. This has offered me the flexibility I needed with my work hours as a parent but also the ability to keep in touch with changes in the industry. There are many other great things that JDS offers to their employees such as the annual partner dinner, family Christmas party, and opportunities to network with other like-minded women in IT.

JDS is passionately committed to maintaining an excellent workplace culture for all of our staff. This includes encouraging work/life balance by offering flexible work arrangements, several annual family and partner-oriented activities, and ongoing support and training to help consultants develop new skills and capabilities.

We are actively recruiting for technical consultant roles in Melbourne and Sydney, and we strongly encourage women to apply for any JDS position that suits their skills and workplace passion. Check out our current job listings and apply through our website.

Our team on the case

 

Deliver a service that works for the customer.

Virginia Fielding

Consultant

Length of Time at JDS

8 years

Skills

HPE system and network monitoring (BSM, SiteScope, OMi, NNMi)

Workplace Passion

Enabling clients to provide high level of availability and performance of their infrastructure to meet their business objectives.  Basically, I want to make sure that what we produce is useful to the customer.