Virginia Event Introduces Women to Defense and Intelligence Jobs


Defense Contractor Recruits Female Professionals

An organization that promotes female inclusion in the technology sector sponsored an event on June 20 featuring defense contractor QinetiQ North America.

Women in Technology (WIT) organized the gathering, which was held at the company's headquarters in Reston, Virginia, The Washington Post reported. It served as a networking event for female professionals looking to utilize their technology skills.

QinetiQ North America offers defense jobs and intelligence jobs, as employees work on top secret solutions for clients such as the Army, NASA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Marine Corps. The company is a recipient of the DHS Headquarters Superior Achievement Award, according to the news source.

"A lot of technology jobs are out there, [companies are] looking for people and have a hard time finding them," said Andrea Kallied, co-chair of WIT's workforce development committee. "We don’t have enough people qualified in the areas [companies] are looking for."

The June 20 event featured just one company, QinetiQ. This gave prospective applicants an comprehensive understanding of the company.

Many contractors such as QinetiQ require some of their employees to have security clearance.