According to research by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, there are 1.1 million computing-related job openings expected in the U.S. by 2024, and only 45% of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients given current trajectory. Based on the current research, there will be a labor shortage in the tech industry of 4.3 million by 2030. In addition to the predicted labor shortage, the tech industry is facing issues with diversity and inclusion.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, many groups are still underrepresented in the tech industry, despite recent improvements. To serve tomorrow’s customers well, we need more students studying STEM today. We can’t fill our talent pipeline without closing the diversity gap.
As one of the largest tech companies in the world, Dell Technologies intends to play a significant role in ensuring technological advancements are built and powered by diverse groups of people. Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino employees are still vastly underrepresented in tech jobs. Through Project Immersion, we aspire to change the narrative of diversity in tech by equipping diverse students with the technical and professional skills needed to succeed in the digital future.
Project Immersion partners with select historically Black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions and Hispanic-serving institutions to curate curricula that prepares students with the skills most desired by the tech industry and needed to thrive in the future digital enterprise. Topics covered include sales engineering, cybersecurity and data science. Students are exposed to the latest technology, current business cases and industry experts.
This program encourages me to believe that I am able to learn a completely new topic at whatever age, no matter how difficult it may seem. It is very empowering to be taught the specific skills needed to enter a completely new and different field of study — computer science.
Career changes are common in today’s dynamic workplace, and we want to help more professionals transition into tech careers. That’s why we support Northeastern University’s Align program, which has a focus on serving women and underrepresented minorities from non-IT fields who are pursuing master’s degrees in computer science. In 2018, the Align program provided 150 students with mentoring and career development. Additionally, five Dell Align Scholars received financial support from Dell Technologies and future co-op positions with our company. We aim to double our reach next year, and are working with other companies and universities to expand Align around the U.S.
I started out as a cleaner here in Ireland because that was the only opportunity available to me at that time. When I took the challenge of going back to college after 22 years, I never thought I would end up working in a big company like Dell Technologies. STEMAspire welcomed me with open arms and told me about opportunities I would’ve never been aware of.
In the U.K., women constitute only 15% of engineering graduates, 19% of computer studies graduates and 38% of math graduates — and just 13% of the STEM workforce. Research suggests many women perceive technology companies as being male-dominated with poor work-life balance. Some also want a more purpose-based career and don’t feel technology fits the bill.
We created an intensive 12-month mentoring program called STEMAspire to overcome these misperceptions and keep more female university STEM students on the path to technology careers. This program launched in Cork, Ireland, in 2018 and paired students from University College Cork and Cork Institute for Technology with mentors from our local Dell Technologies team.
We have since grown STEMAspire to six Dell Technologies sites in Ireland and Scotland. Each STEMAspire student meets with their mentor to develop critical business skills. The program has proven especially popular with women from ethnic minority groups.
Learn how we are building a workforce that is inclusive and represents the diverse and global customers we serve.
Hear from some of our global team members on how we are ensuring Dell Technologies is made up of the most exceptional talent, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or background.