Because its fields are at the forefront of creating distinctive solutions, STEM careers provide you with a perfect opportunity to be innovative. Cutting-edge technology is continuously developing as we see new fields gain significant momentum, such as robotics and artificial intelligence. It is clear that people within STEM are given the freedom to create exciting new ideas and allows for new research to evolve well into the future.
This also means that work within STEM can have a significant impact on society. Sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics are all part of people’s everyday lives, from the smartphone in your pocket to medical treatments in hospitals.
But being a woman in STEM itself has an influence. With women significantly underrepresented within STEM, its industries considerably lack the diversity they need to thrive. The only way to tackle this issue is to bring more talented women into the world of STEM so they can contribute their variety of knowledge and skills to create a wholly effective workforce.
With the vast amount of opportunities within STEM, its fields allow you to develop your career in many different directions. Hear from some women who have made the most of these opportunities and gain some insight into what it is really like to work in STEM as a woman.
My job involves a lot of attention to detail and looking at different data points, but when I do it I can see how everything tells a story. I work in pharmaceutical data, and I’m always interested to see the kinds of things that we can do now. In the last two years we cured a virus! Cured! If you had told me that we could do that when I was in high school, I would have laughed. But it opens up so many possibilities to treat all kinds of illness… There is real potential to help people here.FIND OUT MORE
In 2004 I was appointed by the University of Hertfordshire to establish and lead a New School of Pharmacy. During this time, I developed a suite of postgraduate programmes, established a research infrastructure, lead a successful Research Assessment Exercise submission in 2008, and developed two research centres in 2011… [Additionally], during my 10 years [as a Chairman of an] NHS Trust, we transformed the organisation from being a district general hospital to being the 1st Foundation Trust in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 2006.FIND OUT MORE