International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Back in 2015 the United Nations declared 11th February as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The main reason for this day is to encourage more girls and women to take up careers in the sectors of; science, technology and mathematics (STEM). It is also a day to recognise the vital roles women and girls play in science and technology. 

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Busy Bee Recruitment writes:

Studies from unwomen.org tell us that 65% or children entering primary school today will have jobs that do not yet exist.

Here's an insight as to why this day is so important:

Studies from timeanddate.com show us that female students graduating with a Batchelor's degree in science is 18% and the male equivalent is 37%. Women have a vital role to play and a right to participate in the economy e.g. decision making, programs and sustainable development policies. 

When one age group or gender dominates a field of study it can bring danger or create a narrow view of the industry and can make it more difficult to find jobs. Because more women are going into male-dominated areas, it brings fresh ideas, new points of view, creativity and talent. 

Encouraging women and girls to take up a career in STEM:
 

  • Education - think about what you want to do as a career, research your career choice, choose the best university or study services and work as hard as you can to get where you want.
  • Do your research - research is key when thinking about a career change or looking for work. Research education, companies and most of all research the indsutry and what you can bring to it. 
  • Entering the world of work - Lots of workplaces and science departments are using mentor programmes to help support women in the workplace. Women in senior roles are keen to offer support younger women who are entering or thinking about working in the industry.
  • Early years - Schools and parents can introduce all children (boys and girls), to activities and toys that encourage building, thinking and interaction. This will help them to explore the world and how it all works.
  • Role models - Social media is very good for this! We are always seeing successful woman over the media. Find someone who has influenced you within the STEM world and follow them - this way you can see how they developed their career and what they did to get to where they are now.

If you are looking for a career in STEM then contact our Recruitment Consultants on 01353 880253 / 01223 628740 or email admin@busybeerecruitment.co.uk 

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