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Why WFH Could Attract More Women To Follow A Career In STEM By Pooh Ling E

Despite the fact that more women are studying technical subjects at higher education level, the number of women in the UK currently following careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is depressingly low at less than 15%. Assistant Professor at NMITE Pooh Ling E can’t help but wonder if a change to the working environment would help […]

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Despite the fact that more women are studying technical subjects at higher education level, the number of women in the UK currently following careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is depressingly low at less than 15%. Assistant Professor at NMITE Pooh Ling E can’t help but wonder if a change to the working environment would help and encourage more women to enter these industries, here she assesses the factors. A more female-friendly workplace Some young women who have completed further education in science, technology or engineering subjects find the work environment they enter as graduates to be very male-dominated and in some cases quite intimidating. This can lead to dissatisfaction at work, not progressing up the career ladder as they might and even career changes out of the industry.  Working from home, as the vast majority of people in all sectors including STEM have been doing since lockdown, can mitigate against…

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