A life in STEM is beyond belief for many women, says survey

Hence the return of Stemettes, the series of events aimed at giving young women the confidence to pursue careers in the field

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, when we honour one of technology’s most far-sighted pioneers. And, simultaneously, be reminded just how far women’s representation in the field still lags, as Monster.co.uk releases a report detailing a significant lack of confidence in entering the traditionally male-dominated industry.

The Ada Lovelace Day found that nearly half (45%) of UK employees believe that women are underrepresented in jobs that require technical and digital skills.

Despite big pushes to encourage more women to pursue STEM qualifications and careers, only 11% of the women asked had studied an IT- or technology-related degree at university.

Women are typically less confident in the workplace than men, with 70% feeling unconfident at work compared to 60% of male counterparts.

In related news, Monster.co.uk is announcing that it will be running its Monster Confidence events in partnership with social enterprise, Stemettes, for a third year.

In previous years, over 2,000 young women have attended to receive inspiration and guidance from industry experts on how to pursue careers and qualifications within STEM fields. In 2018, there will be five events in the UK – in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Derry – plus one in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ada Lovelace

Throughout the events, 1,000 attendees aged 15 and over, will be given the opportunity to take part in:

– Speed mentoring with volunteers who have STEM backgrounds

 – Mock interviews with volunteers from HR and recruitment backgrounds to learn interview and presenting techniques

 – Panellist discussions on career building and ‘sprinkling confidence throughout your career’

 – Exhibition stands and demos showcasing STEM opportunities and innovations such as virtual reality

 – Lightning talks where volunteers will give a seven minute talk on their specialist industry

 – The opportunity to have professional headshots taken

This year’s speakers include successful internet entrepreneur and founder of LastMinute.com, Martha Lane Fox, and science graduate-turned-entrepreneur, Florence Adepoju, as well as senior members of KPMG.

Would-be attendees can register for either a half day or full day session at the following locations:

 – London on 16th October at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 2GW

 – Birmingham on 6th November at Millennium Point, B4 7XG

 – Manchester on 9th November at The Federation, M4 4BF

 – Frankfurt on 13th November at TechQuartier, 60327

 – Bristol on 16th November at Just Eat’s technical headquarters, BS1 4DJ

 – Derry on 20th November at Millennium Forum, BT48 6EB

Sinead Bunting, VP of Marketing Europe at Monster.co.uk, said: “It’s over 200 years since Ada Lovelace was born, but women working in STEM are still facing the same discrimination – as proved by comments made only last week by a prominent Cern scientist.

“The impact this can have on young women’s confidence that STEM is for them should not be underestimated. This is why we’re working with Stemettes to hold our annual Monster Confidence events to inspire and mentor the next generation of female STEM talent. Through a stellar lineup of keynote speakers, as well as networking and confidence sessions, our goal is to ensure young women leave feeling inspired and brimming with confidence to shoot for their dream careers in STEM.”