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Women ReBOOT is an award-winning national tech sector initiative for experienced and qualified ICT women who have taken a career break and now want to reignite their Tech career. 
We support women seeking to return to the tech sector to develop the skills, competence and confidence to re-engage with technology businesses. Our partners are leading tech companies keen to connect with talented women for open roles. 

 

 

Upcoming May programme, Women ReBOOT/Optum 2022

 

Women ReBOOT Optum

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Optum have secured up to 20 work placements for candidates with previous coding experience.

 

If you are keen to re-start your career through Women ReBOOT and work with Optum where you have an opportunity to;

  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and continuously improve software
  • Translate product concepts into project commitments that deliver incremental value to our customers frequently and with high quality

We are looking to hear from candidates who have an IT qualification and are on a career break looking to return to the sector. If you have;

  • Experience working with continuous integration and delivery tools
  • REST API development
  • Serverless architecture
  • Cloud
  • Use JAVA Spring Framework or JavaScript

 

Then you should apply for your place on Women ReBOOT and an Internship with Optum


 


 

 

 

Upcoming September programme, 2022

 

Women ReBOOT programme in partnership with a range of companies will start on the 12 September 2022. We are working with up to 20 companies on a range of IT roles that will be offered to Women ReBOOT candidates as part of this partnership.

 

More information to follow but please register here to be considered for this programme. Please ensure to high-light your experience in IT and the last role you completed before your career break.



 




Women ReBOOT Process and Timeline
 

ReBOOT Process and timeline



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The 2021 Women Returners Report

If you are working on your company Diversity and Inclusion strategy, make sure you’re signed up below to get access to the report and learn about the untapped potential of our ICT Women Returners and the impact they are making to the workforce!

 

Hear how Suad Aldarra credits Women ReBOOT, with helping her to turn around the negative experience of looking for work.

 

Suad Aldarra resumes her career in technology.

 

After a relatively short career break to finish her master’s and spend time with her young child became a major stumbling block when Suad Aldarra sought to resume her career in technology.

 

It kept happening,” Suad says. “I kept getting my maternity break flagged on my cv, directly or indirectly, and it started to become a concern as one year became two years. I started to lose my confidence bit by bit after every interview.

 

Now living in Dublin, she credits Women ReBOOT, which she did in October 2021, with helping her to turn around the negative experience of looking for work.

It was brilliant. I definitely recommend it. My advice is to do it, enjoy it and make the most out of it,” she says.

The most important thing is that it brought my confidence back. It was very good to be connected to other women who were in the same boat as me, struggling with coming back from a break.

 

 

Through Women ReBOOT, Suad secured a position as a Data Scientist with Dell Technologies. “It’s very good. My role is new in the team that I am in, so it was challenging at first to shape my role but my manager gave me enough flexibility to shape it along with his support and confidence in my diverse set of skills,” she says.

 


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The 2021 Women Returners Report 

If you are working on your company Diversity and Inclusion strategy, make sure you’re signed up below to get access to the report and learn about the untapped potential of our ICT Women Returners and the impact they are making to the workforce!



Hear from the Women ReBOOT LIVE participants in 2021 talk about their experience on the programme



Áine Darling had not worked in a tech role for over 25 years when she decided to enrol for the Women ReBOOT programme. The computer science graduate had accumulated ten years IT experience working on three continents in the airline/travel sector when she decided to step away from her career.

 

“I gave up work in 1995 when I had my first child and stayed home to be a full-time mum to my now four adult children,” she says. “My technical education didn’t begin again until I did a Higher Diploma in Data Analytics from which I graduated in February 2021. I did counselling and psychotherapy work in the interim, but it wasn’t at all in the technical field.”

 

Indeed, the decision to return to the tech field was reached during a career break from her work in counselling and psychotherapy. “I had taken a two-year accreditation pause and when it came time to evaluate the decision, I was not drawn back into it,” she says. “I didn’t feel it. Instead, I wanted to get back to my original career.”

 

Women ReBOOT helped to make that goal a reality after Áine achieved first class honours in a Higher Diploma in Data Analytics with the National College of Ireland. “The way I see it, the higher diploma equipped me technically to step back into things and Women ReBOOT probably gave me the confidence piece that I needed,” she says.

 

The Wexford native, who has lived in Dublin for 25 years, said her experience of the programme was very positive. “The content was excellent – it clearly was condensed and concise given only a month to cover such a wide range of things, but it was really excellent,” she says. “The delivery was excellent and the people involved were excellent.”

 

“One of the things that really stood out in my mind was these sessions called Lunch and Learn where senior people or founders of companies described their company, how it began and how it evolved. Then very often they would have women who went to work for the company from a ReBOOT programme share their stories and describe how their lives have changed as a result. I found those really beneficial.”

 

Áine succeeded in getting a placement with AIB, and she said it was a hugely important part of the programme. “You really got to put things into action and consolidate all the learning. I thought that was really important,” she says.

Now finished her placement, she is about to take up a permanent role in the ICT department of a government agency.

For anyone considering doing Women ReBOOT, Áine has useful advice. “I very much recommend it but make sure you are prepared to commit because it is quite intensive,” she says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from Women ReBOOT Dublin Autumn 2017 Graduation, 12 July 2018. Presentation of certificates by Minister of State for Equality, David Stanton, TD.



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