Women in STEM Can Overcome These Career Challenges
Women in STEM have come a long way in recent years, with their contributions being recognized more and more. However, it’s an unfortunate truth that women still struggle to have their voices heard, receive equal pay, and find jobs that meet their skill set. While everyone’s challenges in STEM fields are different, there are some things you can do to offset yours and find the job of your dreams. Staying on top of the latest tech and keeping up with news related to your field is a great start. AICorespot is a wonderful resource that provides virtual events and webinars for individuals in tech.
Here are a few common challenges that women in STEM fields face and how to overcome them:
A lack of confidence
No matter the reason for having a lack of confidence–a career setback, for instance–it’s important to look for ways to give yourself a boost, such as:
Taking a professional development course
As an individual in a STEM field, you’ve likely already taken college courses or completed a degree, but if you have experience in a particular area, you might consider taking a professional development course to boost your skill set. Knowledgeable about project management? You can utilize scrum techniques to help teams collaborate more easily. The best part is that you can take a scrum course online and complete an assessment to verify what you’ve learned; there are several courses available, so take a look at your options.
Finding a mentor
While advancing your education can help you boost your earning power as well as your confidence, finding a mentor is a great way to connect with someone who understands your experiences and can help you navigate them. Check to see if your college has a mentor program, look for online resources, or speak to former professors to find out if they have time to fill the role for you.
A lack of opportunities
Even for those who don’t suffer from a lack of confidence, it can be challenging to find a STEM job as a woman due to a lack of opportunities. The reasons are varied, from a lack of recruitment to a lack of inclusive company culture, but there are a couple of things you can do to improve your chances of landing a great STEM job, including:
● Moving to an area of the country where more STEM careers are available
● Starting your own business
Starting a business of your own may sound like an overwhelming task, but these days it’s actually pretty easy to do if you have the right resources. One of the most important aspects is creating a solid business plan that includes details such as how you’ll run your STEM business, how it will be structured, and how you’ll fund it all. Do a little research online to find small business tools that apply to your state; you might be surprised at how many are available.
Network, network, network
For women in any field, networking can lead to a number of opportunities. When working in a STEM career, it’s essential to connect with other women and share information, collaborate on projects, and find support. Not only can this help you move ahead in your own career, it can help you find a role model who will show you what women in STEM careers can really do.
Finding a job in STEM can be difficult, but there are many options available to you. From starting your own business to boosting your earning power by taking a professional development course, you can elevate your prospects and find your dream job in no time.
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