Gender equality is starting to become a reality in some domains, but France’s fintech sector is not among them. As so often, it’s a story of underwhelming numbers for women, who make up just 33% of those working in fintech. Across technology more generally, that number falls to just 11%.
At Qonto, we’re doing what we can to achieve gender parity, starting with our own recruitment process. Women currently make up 40% of the Qonto workforce, higher than the average but still not enough. It’s why we’ve partnered with BECOMTECH, an association dedicated to diversity and gender equality in IT and the digital sector at large. Its aim is to shine a spotlight on the professions within tech and to support girls of secondary school age who have an interest in the sector.
Thanks to the JUMP IN TECH program, we were able to welcome fifteen female high-schoolers into the universe of a fintech company. Following this morning of discovery, some of the girls decided to take their internships at Qonto over the course of the school year. And we couldn’t be happier to have them with us!
In concrete terms, the girls spoke with various Qontoers and had the chance to ask them about the educational and professional journeys that brought them here, as well as the skills needed to work in the tech world. The girls also did some group work to draw up some ideas about their own start-ups.
Societal change comes via mentality change. And when it came to mindset, we were most impressed! These budding entrepreneurs are as keen to learn as they are to succeed and say they want to help create the jobs of tomorrow. Their ideas interested us, so we decided to interview them a little. Here’s what we learned from Carla, 16, Jade, 15, and 17-year-old Asma.