Women in STEM: taking the next step in your career

Women in STEM has long been an important topic of discussion, with awareness campaigns including Ada Lovelace Day raising the profile of women in STEM and encouraging more female students to pursue STEM careers.

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In 2019, WISE reported that government data showed that the UK had reached the milestone of one million women in core-STEM occupations, comprising 24% of the workforce. The next goal? One and a half million women in STEM by 2030. In this webinar, we were joined by two female engineers. As well as touching on their own personal experiences in their careers so far, we talked about what STEM employers are doing to recruit, support and progress female students and graduates; why it is so crucial for women to be increasingly present in traditionally male-dominated industries; and what barriers or misconceptions about careers in STEM need to be broken down. We also discussed applying for STEM graduate roles without a STEM degree, getting work experience as a postgraduate student or graduate, how to mention women in STEM in interviews and applications without it coming across as cliche, returning to STEM after a career break, and overcoming imposter syndrome in the workplace. The panel: • Katie, software engineer at Arm • Paris, applications engineer at Cummins

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