Busting the myth that technical jobs are for the boys
Recruiting women in STEM Getting women into technical roles is tough says Charlie Ball, head of Higher Education Intelligence at graduate career expert Prospects, so female role models are vital.
What types of roles do women typically go for within STEM? Should this change?
With the exception of healthcare, where many women use their biology qualifications, they don’t tend to go into technical roles. Instead women work in business support and services such as consultancy, analysis, marketing, PR and design.
Employers have started to address this, which is having a positive impact, but there remains a long way to go to restore equality.
As more women go into technical roles it will have a snowball effect; more women will train for these types of jobs and it will become more widely accepted as a career path for them.
In time we hope to be in a position where we don’t have to develop campaigns like these to attract women into STEM.
How can we inspire younger girls into STEM?
Role models are a great way forward.
It’s much more compelling to show women actually doing and enjoying the job than overload them with information and data.
Many women don’t view STEM as a viable career option, so the more that we can demonstrate that it’s a perfectly normal choice for bright, capable, intelligent young women like them; the more will go into it.
We also need to ensure that the culture of organisations with STEM roles is welcoming to women.
What skillset can women bring into STEM?
The same. There isn’t anything that a man can do in a STEM job that a women can’t and vice versa.
While some stereotypes exist, such as women making better communicators than men, women should be looking at STEM roles with the realisation that they can bring the same high level of skills and attributes that their male counterparts can.
There isn’t anything in the sector that women should feel they can’t do. Both sexes are equal and we should view them this way.
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