A recent survey of over 500 female undergraduates studying STEM degrees shows that the vast majority are heading happily for careers related to their degree.
The survey by GTI Media Research highlighted that there was no significant dissatisfaction expressed about science and engineering careers and only 11 per cent of respondents would be looking seriously at alternatives.
It also noted that there is no evidence that better-paid and seemingly more ‘female-friendly’ careers such as banking, accountancy and retail are at all attractive options for this group of students. The fact that they would be joining a male-dominated industry also does not put them off.
Those questioned did feel, however, that employers of STEM graduates could do more to promote their careers to female applicants, but they most definitely didn’t want any special treatment or discrimination in recruitment.
They suggested a number of ways that employers could help entice women into the industry. This included giving a clearer explanation of what specifically female STEM graduates can bring to teams, projects and the business, involve more female role models, especially senior ones, in the marketing of jobs and make the work sound more interesting, exciting and valuable to people’s lives.
“The positive news from this research is that, despite the fact that these women are actively targeted by recruiters from other sectors and who pay more, they are focused on finding work in this area. And they have constructive suggestions about how employers can promote themselves better to women,” noted Chris Phillips, GTI Media’s Information and Research director.