New Collection of Sermons Published by One of America’s Greatest Preachers

The Selected Sermons of Dr. Roger Bourland is a compilation of the works of one of America’s best and best-known preachers. In 1976, Dr. Bourland was the recipient of the United Methodist Church Outstanding Preacher Award and he was also a speaker on The Protestant Hour, a popular radio show that made its way into countless American homes each week. Now his son, Joe Bourland, has compiled some of his father’s best and most popular sermons into one volume for readers’ enjoyment and spiritual nourishment.

The sermons are divided into six sections. The first covers sermons Dr. Bourland gave when he was “preacher to the pack.” For several years, Dr. Bourland was a pastor in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and consequently, he had several of the Green Bay Packers’ players and coaches in his congregation, including Bart Starr. I am not a football fan, but it did my heart good to hear about his friendship with these men who are held up as role models to our youth. He often spent time with them, even worked out with them, and best of all, he talks about how no kid in his congregation will ever believe church is for “sissies” when he has the memory of a 250-pound pro football player sitting beside him in church.

The second and third sections of the book are sermons collected while Dr. Bourland preached first in Green Bay and then in Omaha, Nebraska. The fourth section encompasses many of his sermons from his years on The Protestant Hour. The fifth section is very special because it’s for special occasions-entitled “The Seasons,” it includes sermons for national and liturgical holidays-including for confirmations, for Thanksgiving, and for Advent as well as the very special sermon Dr. Bourland preached at his son Joe’s wedding.

The final section is a series of sermons Dr. Bourland preached during advent drawing upon Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. By using each of the three ghosts Ebenezer Scrooge meets as a focus for each week, Dr. Bourland shows us how Christmas is not just about gifts but about being sensitive to the people around us, realizing Christmas is not always easy for others, and being good Christians in our compassion for one another.

Dr. Bourland’s sermons are not heavy on moralizing and there is no sin and damnation focus here. He does talk about sin and even sexuality, but when he does, it’s in a heartfelt and practical way. In fact, we could term this whole collection as being about practical Christianity. Dr. Bourland does not believe in Fundamentalism, and he makes it clear that the Bible was written for people living in biblical times and not directly for us today-by extension, he says there is no point in trying to predict when the world will end based on Scripture. Instead, he urges us to live each day like it’s our last so we are prepared for whatever may happen.

Although many of these sermons were preached as many as forty years ago, they remain extremely relevant today. Dr. Bourland preaches about the Cold War and the fear of nuclear war, which remains a major concern today. He tells us not to focus on these things but to become used to waiting for Jesus’ return. He tells us:

“So we must enter into moments of creative waiting. These are times of expectancy and hope and searching. What has gone on before is no longer part of us. It hasn’t yet been revealed what is to come next. God nudges us and we know that it is wrong just to stand there on the mountain, looking up with mouths wide open. We find ourselves in an interim phase. But it is a phase that points beyond itself.

“There is one thing wonderful about that. We come to see that this type of thing has always been a part of God’s eternal plan for his people. We watch and hope as God’s Spirit ebbs and flows about us.”

At times, Dr. Bourland provides us with very close readings of the Bible, especially in several of the sermons that focus on the Psalms. At other times, he draws upon other sources to help illustrate his points and shed fresh light on well-known stories. For example, in his sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son, he brings in Shakespeare’s King Lear as a reference.

As a Catholic, I found several of Dr. Bourland’s sermons about John Wesley and his preaching to be interesting so I could better understand Methodism. And I was glad to know Dr. Bourland clearly believes in ecumenicalism-even referencing Catholic beliefs that are of value, especially the power of going to confession.

In an age of random shootings and terrorism, we badly need to hear what Dr. Bourland has to say about the importance of nonviolence. He illustrates this point by talking about a wilderness camping trip he took when he considered bringing a gun with him for protection. He decided not to bring the gun, only to come within fifteen feet of a bear on a trail. Fortunately, the bear ran off because of the noise he and his family made, but Dr. Bourland makes an excellent point here:

“What would have happened if I had taken a gun into the Quetico? I would not have shot that bear, but I am sure that the chemistry between us would have been dramatically different. Potential violence changes everything.

“Creative non-violence is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It takes away unfounded fears and builds the love of peace among people of goodwill.

“Real strength simply does not have to assert or prove itself. Real strength is gentle and kind. Such was the strength of the Lamb.”

A final theme I’ll comment on in the sermons that really resonated with me was what Dr. Bourland has to say about patience. I could completely relate to him when he described his own impatience and how he hates meetings, and I loved when he described Jesus as one of the most impatient people of all. Then Dr. Bourland revealed that those of us who battle with our own impatience do not necessarily have to be so worried about it. He states:

“What is patience in the New Testament? The patience that Paul talks about as a mark of God’s people is something so different and so much more important than what I had originally thought that I can kick myself for never having sensed it before. The New Testament word means steadfastness. The New Testament word means forbearance. The New Testament word means perseverance. The New Testament word means to bear up under pain or evil or suffering without showing a long face or needing to get revenge on somebody. Jesus speaks of being able to turn the other cheek when someone slaps you. The secret behind that is that in Christ, there is nothing inside that makes you have to slap back. Patience! The New Testament word means being able to hurt without blazing out in anger. The New Testament word means to be able to take anything life brings without losing heart or courage or poise. The New Testament word means to be able to take such a long view of life that neither the big things nor the little things can destroy you. That is patience and that is a gift.”

Dr. Bourland has far, far more to say that can help us today. In this age of fear, anger, violence, and political fights, we all need to pause and remind ourselves what it means to be a Christian-to get along with each other and to put our focus on our relationship with God. Anyone looking for a little comfort, some good advice, or better knowledge of the Bible and what it means to be a Christian will benefit from the life-giving words in this book.

The Convenience Of Booking Cheap Summer Holidays Online

In the past, booking your cheap summer holidays to anywhere in the world,would require you to visit your local travel agent in the high street, choose a selection of brochures and carry them home to browse through page after page of exotic locations with sunny poolside photographs, enticing you to book the holiday of your dreams within those glossy pages.

Since the recent convenience of being able to search and browse the various internet search engines, consumers now have a much wider choice when deciding to booking their cheap summer holidays in their own country or when travelling abroad.

Finding a suitable holiday or travel service to cater for every consumers needs and personal budgets, has over the last few years become really fast and easy with thousands of cheap holidays and services available to view with a simple click of mouse.

Consumers will now find that all the top and lesser known travel agents have an online presence, and every category of holiday and travel service is catered for such as flights, accommodation, car hire, airport transfers, travel insurance and a whole list of other services for booking cheap summer holidays online.

With these types of travel services now available on the internet, any consumer has the ability to customize their own cheap summer holidays, picking and choosing which services they would like to use with their choice of holiday destination, without having to just accept the travel services contained in a travel agents holiday package.

Anyone who books holidays is always looking for the cheapest and best summer holiday bargain, and holiday consumers will find several dedicated holiday comparison websites that have full access to the major travel agents databases, so are able to offer the latest up to the minute pricing on a wide range of holidays and travel services.

Consumers get help to find the cheapest flights, holiday accommodation, car hire, airport transfers and many other travel services which are offered by the top travel agents online. Taking the time to use this type of website service can truly reveal some great last minute deals when booking cheap summer holidays, and is highly recommended for a starting point when booking holidays online.

Many travel agents and travel services are now in direct competition with each other thanks to the wide choice of the internet, and many of the holiday websites online offer some great discounts and discount codes throughout the year, so holiday consumers should always search the internet to find the best cheap summer holidays.

The overall ease and wide range of choice when booking cheap summer holidays online, has in the last ten years resulted in thousands of holiday consumers becoming more and more confident with booking various holiday and travel services online.

With hundreds and hundreds of holiday services setting up websites online every year and thousands of holiday consumers now becoming more and more internet savvy, this trend of searching online for booking cheap summer holidays and travel services is set to grow and grow.

India Travel – The Heaven of Tourism Enjoyment

India has a rich culture, with many temples, hills and sanctuaries. It is well-known for its majestic tourist places, hills, rivers, plateaus, plains, beaches, deltas and deserts, many luxurious hotels and resorts, picturesque nature sites and whether it is Ajanta Ellora caves or Taj Mahal the love monument which comes under seven wonders of world. From culture to traditions to history to nature to adventure to man-made beauties, It has the most amazing array of travel products and destinations to offer to the tourists throughout the world.

India is also recognized for its festive seasons, it is full of festivals. People have great faith in god. The best thing about India is the diversity in Indian culture and religions. It has approximately 400-500 temples in India with excellent architecture & a story behind each temple. So many religions and so many people, but still people of different religions celebrate festivals with great enthusiasm like they are celebrating their own. If you go and visit these temples in India, you will feel so holistic & nature impression which is unforgettable. Once in India you would privilege yourself for gathering knowledge as to different religious facts and importance of them in ushering in peace in your life.

As you set about visiting each state by state, you will be amazed at the extent of diversity in culture, language, food pattern, lifestyle of each of them. Red Fort, Kutub Minar, The world famous attraction is Agra the city of Taj Mahal another region tourist love is the state Rajasthan for its forts and palace hotels. The state of Kerala is also high on the priority list. India, it shows you the religions of India, which is an important part of India.

There is also some very good wildlife viewing in top class national parks. This wondrous land India is a haven of flora, fauna and avifauna. The legacy of bountiful wild animals includes 550 mammals, 30,000 insects and 2000 species and sub-species of birds, with over 500 species of reptiles and amphibians including the deadly king cobras, pythons, crocodiles and monitor lizards. Due to its diverse topography and varying climatic conditions, India is the second largest country on the planet to have such diverse life forms. A wild life tour to Indian jungle, reach the heights of unlimited excitement, when experience the moments of wilderness with the crawling tigers, trumpeting elephants and the hissing snakes.

Each & every destination of India is so amazing, if you want to get more adventure, trek up the lush green slopes of the Himalayas or go rafting down the rapids of the river Ganges. Holy Temples & religious shrines are also one of the most popular tourist places in India. It delivers you various categories of tourism like history tourism, adventure tourism, medical tourism like Ayurveda and other forms of Indian medications, spiritual tourism, business travels, holiday seekers, beach tourism, etc.

Gemstones – How to Broker Your Way to Millions

I’ve seen folks go bankrupt whilst they busied themselves trying to invest hard-earned cash in gemstones in the hope of making a fortune. I hate to sound pessimistic-because I’m always an optimist-but something almost always goes wrong. Don’t ask me why, it’s just my observation over time and I’m sure a lot of entrepreneurs in the gems industry will attest to that. Unless you have a bottomless bank account the only risk-free way to make money in gemstones is by becoming a broker. As a broker, you neither invest in mining, nor buy gemstones for resale. You simply broker deals and earn lucrative commissions. Nothing makes more sense than that. This article will offer tips on how to become a gemstone broker without investing a dime of your hard-earned money.

Making money in gemstones doesn’t always involve mining, and or buying and selling. If you ask me, buying stones in order to resell can be very risky…for any number of reasons. Yes, there are countless reasons why you can quickly lose money and go bankrupt before you’ve even made your first sale. Here are some of the reasons why: the stones you purchased from that dealer down the road were not of the quality your buyer had expected-and so your merchandise was rejected and your seller won’t take them back; the stones were fake or synthetic imitations and you hadn’t spotted that; or you’d got the real-deal item but somehow the seller swapped them over for inferior (or fake) stones whence you weren’t looking. I won’t delve into this because that isn’t the purpose of this article. So how then do you get around all of these charlatans?

It’s quite simple. You simply broker the deals and take a commission from both the buyer and the seller. Thanks to the Internet it is fairly easy to find suitable contacts online. Try the social networks like Facebook and Twitter and start connecting with prospective buyers and sellers. Ideally, you’ll want to find entrepreneurs who are selling gemstones, and to connect them to potential buyers for a commission. You can demand anywhere from 1% to 20% of the value of the transaction. It all depends on WHAT stones you’re brokering and HOW in-demand they are. I’ll give you one quick example. You’re likely to get 1% on a diamond deal and up to 20% on colored stones. The former has a high price tag (hence the lower commission), and the latter is usually priced relatively lower. That should give you an idea. Be creative in your marketing, be honest, and most importantly be willing to learn. These are the three qualities that will define you and your business. You have to earn this. You can’t buy it. With so many unscrupulous people looking to make money for nothing, you’ll want to be amongst the reliable and trustworthy of the pack. It will do your business a world of good.

In conclusion: contrary to what many would imagine, making money in the gemstone industry isn’t always about investing hard-earned cash in mining or buying stones in order to resell for profit. Sadly, many have poured money down the drain this way and gotten seriously bankrupt because of it. There is another way. Become a gems broker and earn a commission from both the buyer and the seller… without investing a dime into the business. Depending on what gemstones you’re brokering you’ll earn anywhere from 1% to 20% commission as a broker. Use social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc.), forums and such like to find potential business partners. It is quite easy when you put your mind to it. But what is tremendously important and likely to ensure your longevity in the business is when you conduct your business with honesty, an eagerness to learn, and a lot of creativity thrown in for good measure.

4 Advantages of a Wealth Creation Strategy

It is impossible to create wealth if you do not have a strategy, and a good one at that. You may get rich from making wise decisions, from being at the right place at the right time or for other reasons, but you will not be wealthy. The difference between those who accumulate great wealth and those who struggle throughout life is having a good strategy.

You will have a blueprint

The greatest reason you should have a wealth creation strategy is that you will have a plan. Without a plan, you will be getting money and you will be investing it in the wrong places or misusing it. With the right wealth creation strategy, you can determine what works and what does not. This means you do not need to spend years on something, only to realize that it has a low potential. You should improve the strategy over time by learning from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, by trial and error and by gaining knowledge every day – stick to the same strategy, it will pay off after some years.

You will have a laid down path to follow

Good wealth creation strategies are those that have been used by successful people in the past. Although a strategy should be tailor-made to match your specific needs, you should borrow heavily from a proven strategy. Having a strategy that has been used by other people successfully means you will have a path to follow and you could end up just like them.

It keeps you in check

A strategy will reflect your passion and vision. It is therefore important to have a strategy because as the years pass, you may get too comfortable and forgot your passion and vision – a strategy therefore keeps you in check. A strategy also keeps your employees in check if you have an organization because they will know your goals and objective and they will be working towards them every day.

Prevention and resolution of future problems

Having a good strategy is a good way of preventing and resolving future problems. Many problems will occur as you try to create wealth, but good strategies usually have preventive measures for such problems and when they do occur, strategies guide you on what to do.

"DIP A OUMA": Ouma Rusks – A South African Culinary Heritage

Elizabeth Ann Greyvenstein from the farm Friedenham, known as Ouma Nannie, hauled out a family recipe for rusks, and went about baking a batch. She then sold them at the next Church bazaar, and within minutes, the delicious rusks were snapped up by eager shoppers, and that is when the orders started pouring in.

Soon after that, Ouma Nannie’s rusks were available at the various community social occasions and sporting events. Her Son cleverly saw the opportunity to test the demand for his Mom’s delicacy, and went on a national road trip, taking the rusks with him and promoting them. He returned with loads of orders, and went about turning the family barn into a rusk factory, equipping it with home-made rusk dryers and clay ovens

Nannie first sold her rusks under the brand Uitspan, then Outspan. Eventually they became Ouma Rusks. Eventually they became Ouma Rusks. When the Greyvensteyns needed bigger premises, Ouma Nannie applied for a loan of R3 000 from the newly created Industrial Development Corporation. Her husband was well-respected, and became mayor of Molteno for a record-breaking 21 years.

The barn at Friedenheim became a factory which unfortunately burnt down in 1952. A new, better one was built in its place – probably a good thing, because by then the little farm outside Molteno was something of a player in the dry foods market.

To this day, the legendary Ouma rusks are still being baked at Friedenham Farm. In winter it seems, the whole of South Africa wants to wrap its collective hands around a cup of coffee and dip an Ouma.

The business became the little town’s most recognised industry and employs the most staff within a 150km radius. Ouma Nannie kept her hand on the business for many years, and sadly passed away in 1989 at the ripe old age of 98 years.

Ouma rusks are now still enjoyed daily, especially with that first morning cuppa. Key ingredients which give Ouma Rusks their unique flavour, include wheat flour, orange and lemon peel, raisins, peanuts, oats, coconut, vanilla and honey. The product is available in stores throughout South Africa and is also found on shelves in stores for South African expatriates overseas. South Africans around the world yearn for and enjoy the well known Ouma Rusks.

Some 80 years later, the legend of Ouma Rusks lives on, every morning, with that first cup of coffee…

Ouma Rusks are legendary, in fact they have so much history that they have become part of South Africa’s culinary heritage.

6 Things You Want to Known Before Volunteering Abroad

Follow this ultimate guide with 7 tips to know before volunteering abroad and you’ll be ready for anything:

#1: After completion, volunteering won’t guarantee you a visa, or a job:

There are a lot of volunteers who come abroad thinking they will get hired after or get help extending their visa. Make sure you don’t lose track of the expiration date of your tourist visa. If you really have the desire of staying longer, inquire with your programme to know what the options are for getting a more permanent work permit. You may have to make some quick trips to the embassy to fill out the necessary forms. There are always chances that they will hire you, but don’t rely on that too much.

#2: Things can be very bad, worse than you think.

A lot of programmes mention something often referred to as “culture shock”. You may think that you saw it all, but you probably didn’t. Often when volunteering, you witness things you never thought you would have to see. You may see first-hand emaciated children sleeping on cars at night, or things that make you realize what true famine really is. This obviously is no reason for not doing it, but be prepared.

#3: You won’t change the world.

You may think that you’ll change the place where you’re going. You can and will definitely help a lot, but thinking that you’ll change the world with a couple weeks or months of volunteering is very naive. Accepting this fact can take a while, and is no reason to not volunteer abroad. Every little bit you help is great and you’ll help a lot. Just prepare yourself for what you might see and be prepared to leave without having solved all the problems in that place.

#4: Volunteering can make you see sides of yourself you never knew existed

There are high chances that you will have confrontations with extreme situations. Those situations can make you feel vulnerable and even make you cry or break down. Try to put a positive spin on the situation. How you react in these situations can help you learn a lot about yourself. For example, you can find your love for children while struggling to teach English at a primary school. You can realize you are very good at helping people with disabilities when faced with helping someone that needs you. Getting to know yourself while exploring a foreign culture is part of the process. Be prepared to look within.

#5: You don’t need to pay for a volunteer placement:

There are a lot of programs that offer you a placement to volunteer abroad, however you need to pay a significant amount of money to get them. These kinds of programs are great and help support you a lot by helping you create networks, choosing the right International health insurance for you and giving you a decent place to sleep. However, there are endless programs that provide the same benefits to you without asking you for any money. Do extensive research before selecting a program.

#6: Despite everything, you will miss it afterwards.

Volunteering abroad is an experience that will leave strong imprints on you. You will be put in uncomfortable positions, asked to make heartbreaking decisions and live without food or hygiene you’re used to. But you won’t stop thinking on some things that you had seen and those are the best lessons of all.

Should You Buy Coins That Used ANACS Coin Grading?

Here are the raw Facts about Anacs Coin Grading

Anacs is the oldest of all the coin grading companies. It was started by the American Numismatics Association (ANA) back in 1972. The ANA recognized that something needed to be done about all the counterfeit and altered coins that were floating around. FYI: PCGS started serving the public in 1986 and NGC was formed in 1987.

Anacs did something the others didn’t want to do

When the coin grading companies were first formed, all of them only graded older coins. Anacs was the first of the coin grading companies to start grading modern issue coins. Pcgs and Ngc mocked this move and both stated they would never, ever, grade modern issue coins. When the public starting buying millions and millions of dollars worth of modern issue coins, to start and or complete less expensive and more attainable sets, Pcgs and Ngc quickly changed their tune.

Why does Anacs coin grading get scrutinized?

If you talk to a coin dealer, a small percentage of them will tell you they don’t like Anacs coin grading. Why is that? Well, it all has to do with HSN, the Home shopping network.

Mike Mezack, Master presenter and Salesman

Mike Mezack is the number one salesman of coins in the world. With career sales of over $1 billion, he has dominated the numismatic coin industry for 20 years. This created a rough relationship with dealers but a wonderful relationship with collectors. Coin dealers saw Mike sell on home shopping and realized that people that may buy at their shops were now buying from the comfort of their home. This realization did not make Mike their best friend. Last year, in a very tough economy, Mike Mezack worked 8 hours a month on HSN and sold over $125 million worth of collectible coins. The majority of coins that Mike sells have been through Anacs coin grading. This made some dealers associate Anacs with Mike and the loss of sales. Despite Anacs having a board member on the actual ANA board, dealers retaliated by saying Anacs was not as good as PCGS and NGC.

Well, which of the coin grading companies are the right pick?

In reality, all three of them. Why? Because they call carry the exact same guarantee. If you receive an Anacs, Pcgs, or NGC MS70 coin, they come with a guarantee that it is a perfect coin and if you determine it is not and was graded perfectly in error, you return it and either get your money back or get a new coin. This is the same exact policy for all three companies.

What do I buy?

I buy all three, I actually only buy gold and silver numismatic coins as I love the idea of having both numismatic and metal price in my collection. I only buy from the the big three coin grading companies and suggest you do the same.

Benefits of Digital Currency

If you are a technology reader, you know about the new type of currency that has been created. You may have read about Bitcoin for instance. If you have not gone into the details, you may be asking yourself questions about the benefits of this digital currency. If you have no idea about it, you should read this article.

The Benefits of Digital Currency

Inexpensive transactions

The transaction fees with digital currency are a lot lower than the transactions made with PayPal or credit cards. At times, you don’t have to pay any transaction fee. So, this saves you plenty of money.

No fees for international transfers

Since digital money is used on the Net, no borders are involved. Typically, you have to pay fees should you want to send money abroad, which excludes the costs for currency conversion. On the other hand, sending digital currency to anywhere in the world costs nothing. You will pay nothing as long as you can wait for a while for the currency to be sent.

No Account fees

Today, most banks charge their clients a fee on a monthly basis. At times, some banks also charge hidden fees from time to time. As a matter of fact, anyone can sign up for a free digital wallet online without paying any fees or hidden charges.

Simple account creation

You know that opening an account with a bank is a laborious process since you have to provide a lot of personal details, such as address and identity proof. Aside from this, they carry out backgrounds checks as well.

On the other hand, you can create a currency account without providing personal details as long as you don’t want to benefit from a service that asks for personal details. And the beauty of the system is that it offers 100% acceptance rate. All you have to do is open the digital currency site on your computer or mobile phone and then create the account. You don’t have to go to the office of a company for account creation. Within a few minutes, the account will be created.

It’s an Investment

The conventional form of money tends to lose its value with the passage of time because of several factors, such as inflation. However, the digital currency is a form of investment. Most types of currency features a fixed period upon the creation of new coins.

When more and more people go for digital currency, the demand goes up. As a result, the value of your digital money goes up. This is kind of the return on your investment. So, you don’t have to go to a rich country just to see the value of your money go up. Since the digital currency is growing at a rapid pace, the number of users is increasing. So, it’s the right time to make the investment and reap the benefits.

The takeaway

So, if you have been looking forward to investing in digital currency, we suggest that you re-read this article again. Hopefully, you will be able to get the most out of your investment down the road.

Where Are the Women in Tech?

According to the National Center for Women Information Technology (NCWIT), the U.S. Department of Labor estimated that 1.4 million computer related jobs would be available in the U.S. between 2010-2020. At current graduation rates for Information Technology, we can expect to fill only 32% of those jobs with U.S. Information Technology graduates. The NCWIT further states that although women hold about 57% of professional occupations in the U.S., only 26% of computing occupations are held by women. Even worse, only 3% of those jobs are held by African-American women, 5% by Asian women, and only 2% by Hispanic/Latino women.

The computing industry is failing to attract women to the field and sadly retention is poor. Women are leaving the industry at staggering rates, according to the NCWIT. Overall, the number of people graduating with computer or information science degrees has been steadily decreasing since 2004. There is a severe shortage of talent in IT. Salaries for.net programming and other popular technologies are the highest ever and the need for developers is rising. Companies are in near crisis mode as they fight to retain and attract IT talent. American women with computer science degrees can help fill some of these gaps.

Personally, I have been a woman in IT since the late 70’s when I graduated with a business degree and the MIS Manager at the company I worked for noticed I had programming on my resume. At the time, I was only making a summer pit-stop before pursuing further education in interior design. Struggling with a shortage of programmers even at that time, I was made a very lucrative offer as a full-time programmer, which I accepted. I never thought I would stay in the field, but as the years wore on I realized I was destined for a career in IT. Oddly, it wasn’t my passion but the money was good and the opportunities were like none other for a woman in the 80’s.

The software development career path led me to work with managers and co-workers in a highly male dominated field. Even from a client perspective, all upper management and power lunches that I was included in featured a roundtable of suited men with one petite suited woman – me. I never actually thought much about it. My opinions and work were always highly respected. The knowledge of software and the creation of highly necessary business programming provided a “20 something” woman with opportunities that I could have never had in most other fields. Besides being highly compensated, the work was challenging and I worked with business executives at the highest level.

One of the best things about software development is that you are filling a business need. To sit across major players at top companies and work with them to develop software that will make their business better is an amazing experience. Further, technology is exciting to work in because there is always something new to learn and some new development perspective to take.

I encourage developers to take a field trip to visit users that are performing their daily tasks utilizing the software that the developer wrote. There is no better feeling than watching people doing their jobs or playing a game using something that you made. Further, if you work for a national software manufacturer, there are people all across the nation in many companies and offices or homes using something that you produced. It’s like a song that people listen to everyday and enjoy. As a software developer, you can create a program that is utilized daily and enjoyed.

Software developers create tools that make the world more efficient. Companies rely on software to cut costs and increase revenue and profitability. The career path for software developers is wide in range and offers a host of benefits, including some of the highest salaries. The field of IT is broad and there is a need for IT Managers, Designers, Team Leads, Programmers, Testers, and more.

Although I am a woman in IT, before analyzing some of the statistics, I never realized that there was such a lack of diversity in the industry. Even in my own company, we have a 4 to 1 ratio of men to women in the development role. That statistic is even worse when assessing incoming job applications.

There are solid reasons for women to consider roles in development. First, unemployment statistics are favorable for jobs in IT. Also, tech companies are generally profitable which means some extra job security. The work is very interesting, challenging and always changing. You can get creative. Job growth is steadily increasing. Highly competitive salaries are standard issue. There is no variance in pay between men and women in IT (for comparable experience, education, and skills). This was confirmed by a salary survey performed by Dice.comĀ®.

Why aren’t there more women in tech? Good question. Working in IT can be life changing, and the first step for a woman conquering a development role is making the need for women developers known. Let’s get that pipeline flowing. College students should explore the field, talk to tech companies, and find out more about how coding is cool. The future of IT depends on it.