Glo mentors girls on career in ICT industry
National telecommunications operator, Globacom, has partnered with e-Business Life Communications Limited, publishers of e-Business Life magazine, to celebrate the 2019 Edition of the International Girls-in-ICT Day.
An initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the International Girls-in-ICT Day is backed by all ITU members and is meant to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). The Day is observed in 166 countries around the world.
Globacom at the event called on schoolgirls across the country to develop interest in science subjects as these would help them play prominent roles in today’s world which is hinged on technology.
The company’s Account Manager, Public Sector, Lagos Zone, Mrs. Justina Abdulateef, said the ICT space needed a wide variety of skills, and that operators in the industry were regularly looking for talented individuals with requisite skills to work for them.She noted that years of discrimination had discouraged girls from pursuing interests in ICT, adding that there was a need to break the stereotypes early in life for them to achieve success in the field.
Abdulateef said: “You must, therefore, never let anyone limit your possibilities. If you set your mind to it, there is nothing you cannot achieve as a girl.”
She told the audience made up of hundreds of schoolgirls from 15 schools in Lagos to meticulously prepare themselves for studies in mathematics, engineering, computing and other such fields.
“The growth potential is therefore enormous for ICT professionals, and there are many areas you can decide to focus on. You could choose to be a software developer, a webmaster, web designer, animator or data analyst, among many others,” she said.