Did you know that women only make up 14.4% of the UK STEM industry?
It’s much better when things are more equal – it means we can get a wider perspective on things, which means that we can improve things for everyone!
Plus, when Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries bring £127.5bn to the UK economy it’s only fair that women get a share of it!
But why else is it important that women get into STEM careers?
You can make it less isolating
A thing that can be off-putting about getting into a career in STEM is that there are not many women. That can seem quite intimidating – even though it’s easy to make friends with people of any gender, sometimes it’s reassuring to be able to chat to someone who might have similar experiences to you or even just looks like you.
You can inspire future generations
There’s a saying that says you can’t be what you can’t see. When you were younger, you probably daydreamed of lots of different jobs and future careers. But as we get older, we probably look around to see who else is doing what – are there people like me doing what I want to do? Can I achieve this? Has someone else? By being a pioneer and pushing forward into a career in STEM, you could inspire the next generation of people asking themselves “Is this really the career for me?”
You can make the industry better
Only seeing things from one point of view means you don’t get the whole picture. Companies often like to hire new staff because they can create fresh ideas, challenge the way things are done, and come up with new solutions through their individual experiences. By encouraging more women to join the industry, they can use their unique lived experiences come up with exciting new ways to innovate and think about solutions to problems that others might not consider.
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