Meet some of the best employers in the UK who are championing gender equality in tech, including event headline partner, BAE Systems!
Join us at IT’s not just for the boys! on
23 February 2024
. Designed to empower female identifying students pursuing STEM subjects at a UK university, this exclusive opportunity aims to ignite your passion for technology and pave the way for a thriving career in the tech industry.
This is one of the most popular events of the year, so
register today to secure your spot!
You then may be invited for a quick chat over the phone before attending the event – we look forward to speaking with you soon!
In partnership with:
BAE Systems helps to protect people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. It’s a culture that values diversity, rewards integrity and merit, and is a place where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter what their background.
Inspiring talks from tech giants
Gain valuable insights from industry leaders, learning from their experiences and expertise.
Engage in workshops exploring the latest trends and technologies shaping the future.
Connect with leading tech employers
Network with representatives from top-tier tech employers, seeking new talent to drive innovation.
Mentorship from industry pros
Receive invaluable guidance from experienced professionals, shaping your path to success.
Explore exciting career opportunities
Discover potential opportunities from internships through to grad schemes, connecting you with diverse and inclusive employers.
Embracing Diversity, Driving Innovation
IT’s not just for the boys! embraces diversity and inclusivity, empowering female students to excel in the world of technology.
We believe that gender should never be a barrier to success in the tech world. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to thrive in this dynamic and ever-evolving industry.
Who can apply?
Current undergraduate/masters students who identify as female
IT’s not just for the boys! is primarily an employability networking event, but you won’t find employers at stands handing out leaflets and reeling off the usual spiel. Instead you’ll be invited to have real conversations with representatives from top organisations, whether they are on the recruitment team, graduate schemes or board of directors and take part in unique interactive session all aimed to help you achieve your dream career!
Is this a fast track to graduate schemes and internships?
Yes and no. Remember that this event is primarily an employability networking event: you will get first-hand information from recruiters on what roles they offer, advice on their application processes, and useful hints and tips that you can’t find online. However, it will then be your responsibility to follow up with the contacts you speak to and use all of the knowledge you have gained to help you complete applications. It has been known for previous attendees to be fast tracked through an event partner’s application process, so make sure you update your CV to mention that you attended IT’s not just for the boys!, or include it in your applications.
What will I be doing on the day?
We’ll group you with other attendees (usually a maximum of ten students per group) to work on team challenges, which are a great opportunity to showcase teamwork, decision making and communication skills. You’ll also participate in skills sessions, (don’t worry they won’t be testing you on anything!) with recruiters, who’ll give you the inside scoop on applications, interviews, assessment centres and how to create your personal brand so you stand out from the crowd.
What if I'm worried about the team challenge?
While we understand the idea of a “team challenge” can be a little daunting, we would like to reassure you that the session is absolutely nothing to worry about! It’s not there to judge you or make you feel uncomfortable, the purpose of the session to allow you a to have a practice run for assessment centres with the guidance of employer to help you prepare for the real thing. A good way to prepare is to either read our
advice articles on assessment centres
, (if you want to treat it like the real thing!), and brush up on your commercial knowledge of Technology!
Do I need to bring my CV?
No, you do not need to bring your CV. We will send your CV to the event partners along with your headshot, which will be taken on the day upon arrival. We will also be sending you a ‘how to get hired’ email after the event, which will include advice from us on how best to tailor your CV to the companies along with their application deadlines, so you will be all set to apply.
What should I wear?
Smart business wear. Please do not wear T-shirts, denim or trainers (even black ones!). Remember that you could be meeting your future employer and first impressions are really important.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
You will need to bring your travel receipts with you in order to claim back your expenses. It’s also a good idea to bring a notepad and pen.
How and when will my travel expenses be reimbursed?
Your travel costs will usually be reimbursed up to the value of £50. However, if your travel expenses exceed this amount we may be able contribute more, but this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You will be required to
submit your travel receipts on the day
and we will reimburse you after the event. Please bring with you the bank details for the account you wish us to pay the travel reimbursement into. Please note that you are asked to book travel tickets in advance, use student travel cards where possible, travel in standard class and use public transport.
Taxi receipts will not be reimbursed.
What about the process after the event?
By attending IT’s not just for the boys! you will have already proven that you are the type of applicant the event partners are looking for. So, following the event, Jade and the team at targetjobs will be keeping in contact with you to find out how you are getting on with your applications and to offer our help and advice should you need it.
What should I do if I can no longer attend?
If for any reason you are unable to make the event, please let us know as soon as possible so that somebody else can benefit from this opportunity. You can contact Jade by email:
or by phone:
01491 828 915
Can I bring a friend?
for you to recommend this event to a friend. However, they will have to go through the same process as you (register, interview and be invited). We will have to turn away anyone on the day who has not come through this process - whilst we would love to have everybody, we are restricted on the numbers that we can invite.