It is widely acknowledged that STEM careers are male dominated. Just 15% of Engineering graduates are female. The figures are 19% for Computer Studies and 38% for Maths. The shortfall is hardly surprising when we consider that 13% of the overall UK STEM workforce is female and there are relatively few female STEM role models as a consequence. Employers who do not actively target female candidates are likely to receive significantly fewer job applications from female candidates.
Whilst we are unable to influence the subjects selected by students, we can focus our attention on ensuring that females who have opted to study a STEM degree are made aware of our services. We ensure that we connect with relevant female groups on a weekly basis, utilising Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to work with groups such as Women in Computing (Imperial), WISE, Women in Technology, woinco and Science grrl. We post content, comments and live vacancies; in turn attracting female visitors to STEM Graduates.
We are keen to highlight female specific events to the STEM Graduates community and to ensure that female visitors to our site are introduced to role-models. That’s why we are proud to be a “friend” of Stemettes.org. STEMettes is an organisation that aims to inspire females into STEM fields through panel events, hackathons, exhibitions and mentoring. We promote their exhibitions on our “Future Events” pages and actively encourage our female visitors to attend.
Girls Who Code - An organisation running technology programs aimed to equip girls with the computing skills that open the door to '21st century opportunities'.
LivWiSE - The University of Liverpool's Women in Science and Engineering Society promotes career options for women in STEM fields.
Is there something we've missed? Or perhaps a new resource that you think could be useful? Feel free to drop Mark Bradford an email with any suggestions you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our video careers advice series will interview individuals that play an important role in promoting women in STEM along with female students and graduates discussing their careers search: