WISE Webinar: The Parent Trap: Accommodating working parents in the technology sector
Jo Haslam, WISE Computing Award Winner 2019, will examine how the technology sector is accommodating parents.
Jo explains: “Becoming a parent changes everything, but it shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing your career in the technology industry. Although it should be one of the best industries to allow flexible working, many companies still don’t make it easy for working parents to balance their work and home lives.
“The games industry, in particular, is mostly sustained by younger people whose average time working in this sector is five years. That number is even less for women who most often need more flexible working conditions. At this talk, you’ll hear about my experiences from my twenties and into my thirties, becoming a mother and determined not to become another statistic.
“I’ve now been working in the games industry for 12 years and counting. At my company, Snap Finger Click, I’ve been involved in implementing a number of methods to help our staff work flexibly, allowing parents and whoever else needs it to work from home, choose their own hours, and take time off whenever they need it.
“Why restrict our talent pool and drive away our most experienced people? Through this talk, I want to share our success stories, encouraging other companies to better accommodate working parents. A long-term career in technology is something that should be achievable for everyone, no matter what life brings you.”
Jo has been a game designer for 12 years and currently works as a Design Director, making console games for multiplayer and interactive streaming, at Snap Finger Click. She started out in the games industry on the BAFTA award-winning Buzz! after graduating from Sussex University with a first-class BSc in Computer Science and an MA in Digital Media.
This webinar is for WISE members.