Conferences to inspire STEM confidence in young women

Monster and Stemettes are teaming up for a second year to hold five STEM-focused events across the UK has announced it will again be running Monster Confidence, an initiative with award-winning social enterprise Stemettes, focused on providing confidence, inspiration and guidance for young women looking to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers. 

Following on from last year’s successful events, where 1,000 young women attended seeking guidance in pursuing STEM-related careers, 2017’s Monster Confidence sees events held n Edinburgh, Southampton, London, Dublin and Sheffield. Young women aged 15–22 will have the opportunity to network, learn, and listen to people from within the STEM industries and build confidence in their skills as they work towards securing their dream jobs.  

Attendees will take part in workshops on areas including interview skills and presenting, as well as hear from inspirational speakers from STEM sectors. These include Sarah Wood OBE, Co-Founder and CEO at Unruly and Jaz Rabadia MBE, Senior Manager of Energy & Initiatives at Starbucks.

There will also be opportunities to take part in speed mentoring sessions and pick the brains of industry experts during panel discussions. Separate activity streams are planned for 15-18 year olds and over 18s.  

Attendees have the option of registering for either a half or full day session at the following locations:

 – Edinburgh, October 6th at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, EH14 4AS

 – Southampton, October 11th at Southampton Solent University, The Spark, East Park Terrace, SO14 0LY

 – London, October 19th at Plexal, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E Bay Ln, Stratford, E20 3BS

 – Dublin, October 23rd at Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Rd, Ballsbridge

 – Sheffield, October 27th at Showroom & Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX 

Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK & Ireland at, comments: “Last year’s Monster Confidence events were a great success. It was exciting and encouraging to see so many young women engaging with STEM career opportunities and building their confidence in making important decisions about their future careers. It certainly won’t be news to anyone that the UK is fast approaching a digital skills crisis, and with just 14% of UK’s STEM workforce being female, it’s clear more needs to be done to get women into the sector.

‘This is why we’re bringing these events into the second year, because we strongly believe in giving today’s young women the confidence and advice they need to tackle the world of STEM work – and the job market in general – head on. Partnering with a fantastic organisation like Stemettes gives Monster the opportunity to speak to young women as they start out on their career paths, letting them know that anything is possible.” 

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder Stemettes, comments: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Monster again to bring these events to young women across the UK for a second year. Our joint hope is to continue to inspire and motivate as many young women as possible to get involved in this growing and dynamic sector.”  

For more detail on Monster Confidence events, from how to register or to get involved as a volunteer, please visit Monster Confidence




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