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Software engineering studies attractiveness for the highly educated women planning to change career in Finland

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Companion Proceedings (ICSE '19)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-1764-5
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Software Engineering - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 25 May 201931 May 2019
Conference number: 41

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2574-1934


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Engineering
Abbreviated titleICSE'19
Internet address


The software industry is suffering from a widespread labour shortage and, at the same time, universities have not been able to react and provide enough skilled talents for the field. A wide selection of actions has been focused into getting more women for the STEM industries. However, the results have not been as efficient that would have hoped for. This study addresses the question how high-educated women perceive the attractiveness of software engineering studies. The data for the paper is collected with an open internet survey (n=134) from Finnish women who have already done or are planning to make a career change to the software industry. The attitudes towards new and old modes of learning and education are surveyed. This study shows that women perceive industry as attractive and value university education, yet there are overabundance of offering in entry-level training courses and lack of advanced studies. The university education is perceived to be rigid and old-fashioned.

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland