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Bridging The Confidence Gap

The Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, feels passionate that it is not only about the need to encourage more girls into IT/STEM, but to help boost their confidence that their skill sets do match the skills needed for STEM. I think this is very important.

It is as much about smashing the STEM stereotype, as it is the glass ceiling.

There are many organisations like CodeFirst: Girls and Stemettes aiming to do this, but what can you?

Take a look 🙂

https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/opinion/3031171/to-see-more-girls-in-stem-we-must-boost-their-confidence-not-interest

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An Opinion On Why There Still Isn’t Equality In STEM

It is hard to feel optimistic that equality in STEM is going to improve when reading this ladies’ thoughts on how she has seen the industry not develop in this way over the past 25 years, but did develop in becoming a “24/7 work culture” which she surmises is linked.

There is hope that with each women who does become a part of STEM, that they take the time and resources they have to inspire at least one other, in the hope it will cascade to others.

Take a look 🙂

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/progress-women-stem-starting-unravel

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STEM becoming STEAM

A growing debate is regarding the placing of ‘A’ into STEM, standing for Art.

Many people are asking whether Art belongs…

As I have said in other posts, there is a definite need for aligning job roles and careers to creative interests. The example I often use is how Art skills is desired for UX Designers, and likewise for many other subjects that can feed into STEM subjects.

All industries are crying out for more STEM trained professionals, and the primary route for this is to be a STEM graduate. But it is just as important to have soft skills, the way to learn those are through creative and practical ways.

Whatever letters do or do not get added, the bottom line is that there are careers in all sectors that need both STEM training and creative skills. So don’t ever feel that you aren’t “clever” enough etc to be in an IT or engineering job, because there is a place for all skills.

Take a look at a few articles on the debate:

https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/11/18/ctq-jolly-stem-vs-steam.html

http://www.statepress.com/article/2018/03/spartcult-the-team-for-steam

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252439491/Oracle-MBX-Oracle-uses-interns-and-grads-to-encourage-others-into-Stem

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12%

That is the percentage of female engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK.

This needs to change, and it is good to see it reported that the government is trying to push initiatives alongside industry leaders for a goal of equalism in these sectors. But, I think it would also be good to see the universities’ and colleges taking a more proactive approach to recruit, spark an interest and inspire women to do these degrees. Not just to boast the stats, but because this is what is needed.

I also think it is interesting that the article says “The challenge the modern woman has in the workforce is the expectation to do and be EVERYTHING.”, this could be why women don’t want to have that pressure whilst also trying to be heard in a male dominated industry, such as technology. I think there is an expectation to an extent as there are certainly more complications when wanting to advance your career and wanting a family, but it is important to remember this depends on the individuals involved.

Take a look at the full article:

http://www.womeninstem.co.uk/women-in-tech/government-initiatives-push-to-get-women-in-stem

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Equal Pay Day

It’s crazy that in 2018, women are still considerably underpaid for the same jobs that men get paid for.

What confuses me, is that governments and companies are crying out for more women in business, STEM and to create a diverse business community. But why would women want to go into any work, when they know they are going to be patronisingly paid less.

My opinion in all of this is not that I should be paid more than a man, nor chosen for a job over a man, but just to simply be treated equally.

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STEM Forbes Article

I could not agree more with this article that is based upon research commissioned by Microsoft.

It not only highlights the growing gender gap within the STEM industry, but also expresses how careers are not highlighted to young women as they should.

Take a look:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodberger/2018/03/31/stem-education-new-research-sheds-light-on-filling-the-stem-gap-for-girls/#61da704c1cf9

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Why Little Diversity In IT? Comment Your Thoughts…

Many people I speak with both academically and personally always ask the question to me “Why is there hardly any girls wanting to go into IT?”

Of course I have my own thoughts on it… personally I believe the way in which IT is viewed is very IT Crowd and not reflective of the actual sector and this needs to change. People’s perception can dissuade, as much as persuade. IT isn’t just a sector for coders, but is also for Project Managers, UX Designers and Business Analysts (among many other roles) which are not technical. Maybe this isn’t the reason, but what do you think it is?

More importantly, what can we do about it?

Why IT Needs Women

Why IT Needs Women

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IT needs women to bring a different skill set to teams, to bring new ideas and opinions, and to be equal in all things ‘nerdy’.

I knew going into a IT degree that I would be in the minority, yet I didn’t realise that in nearly every group project I would be the only girl out of six, or sitting in lectures I would be one of ten girls out of a hundred guys.

Natasha Morrison - GlaxoSmithKline - BSc Business Computing with Professional Practice-01Within my industrial placement year, I worked at a great company which has won awards for gender equality and I never was made to feel vulnerable or inferior, yet I was still aware that I would be working with majority of men.

This isn’t the fault of the university or companies, there just simply isn’t enough girls interested in going into the technology sector and that stems from little engagement from an early age. This isn’t a glamorous job that at an early age you are taught to aspire to, yet it is so important to everybody’s future that it should be.

My goal is to promote IT and aim to be a Women in STEM role model.

Why IT?

Why IT?

me2Why I wanted to get into IT… because it is the future.

Why I wanted to go to Brunel University… because it offered me excellence in education and support, even before I had joined.

Why I wanted to do a placement… because it would expand my horizons and give me invaluable experience, which has bettered me both personally and professionally.