Women leave the tech industry at a 45% higher rate than men, and women are leaving technical roles in the mid-point of their careers at a much higher rate than men. But why is that?
A study of 4,000 women who had recently changed jobs found that the #1 reason women leave companies is because of “a concern for the lack of advancement opportunity.”
WEST's mission is to help more women enter & flourish in technical roles by connecting them with 1:1 mentorships and focusing on topics such as career planning, personal brand, creative/innovative thinking, communications, and influence to further their careers. Our goal is to arm women with guidance and mentorship from experienced professionals to help them acquire new skills to help them take on new opportunities and challenges to further their careers, and stay in tech.
“Workplace conditions, a lack of access to key creative roles, and a sense of feeling stalled” are the main reasons women leave tech. (Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/why-is-silicon-valley-so-awful-to-women/517788/)
How well did we do?
This year, WEST closed out 2017 with 146 mentoring partnerships, coming from over 70 tech companies. Our participants told us at the beginning that although they consider themselves ambitious and want to stay in tech, 15% didn’t believe they would advance in tech and only 60% felt informed about career options in tech.
After one year, 80% of our cohort that responded to our survey now feel informed about career options in tech, and of the survey respondents, 82% of WEST mentees report they are making significant progress against their goals.
18% have mentioned that WEST has helped them receive a promotion or their desired job.
2 out of 3 have stated that WEST has exposed them to senior colleagues.
100% feel more prepared to navigate their career in tech.
Additionally, mentees’ behavior change is being noticed by leadership and colleagues.
Beyond that, mentees had a 9.2/10 satisfaction rating for their mentor match, and 8.9/10 rating of likelihood to recommend WEST to their colleagues.
Mentors have some things to say as well: