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What is your favorite thing about being a woman in the STEM field?

I attend an all girls school that is very STEM based and I was wondering what the advantages of not only this type of education, but of the career in STEM as a woman are. There is particularly controversy in math and science about the amount of women who occupy these jobs. I would like to know the pros and cons of working in different fields as a woman and any advice you may have for someone who is looking to do the same! #stem #in #woman

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Candace’s Answer

The advanatage of working in Stem are enoronmus. A lot of STEM jobs are still held by the majority of men. If you are someone who likes to stand out, if you are a problem solver and want to be on the cutting edge of technology. STEM careers would be the right choice for you. As a software developer,I love that I get to be apart of solving problems and finding common solutions to everyday problems. It was a battle to find a career and a company that believes in diversity and inclusion. That has helped a long way to decide to stay in the field. As for the math part as a mentor I always reccommend taking the as many math and science courses that you can. I haven't found a difference in my grades versus my male counterparts. I think you need to have a passion for it or you will burn out very quickly. If you do go into the STEM area. Build a network of like minded women who can support you through your journey. Get involved and volunteer in STEM iniatives to make sure it's the right fit for you.

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Prerna’s Answer

Hi Ivy,

Great Question!

I totally understand the thought process behind asking this question and hence I am answering accordingly. Yes, STEM has lesser number of women compared to other fields as nursing or fashion . That's the more the reason to encourage women to join STEM fields.

My favourite thing is get to do what I love. I work as Technical Consulting Engineer and I solve Customer's problems everyday , interact with them and help them through different processes. I strongly believe and studies suggest that a healthy mix of both genders in any field / business helps multiplying the growth. Since you've been a part of an all girls school , initially it might be a little difficult for you to get used to of working with the other gender around and you might be more sensitive to the way they behave or respond to anything. Be rational and practical.

If you are passionate about learning and working in STEM field , don't let your gender be a roadblock. Decide exactly which vertical you want to join and how you want to progress in your career then find a company which helps you with your career aspirations.

As long as you keep learning and excel at your job , anyone else's prejudice shouldn't be a cause of concern.

All the Best!!

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Jereena’s Answer

It is quite an experience to be a women in the STEM field. After finishing my Engineering, I always wondered how to work on something relevant to the subjects studied in College. It was not until I chose my passion, and my strength, that Computer Networking happened. I really enjoy working as a Network Engineer, building designs for the enterprise network and troubleshooting at times. It feels great to know your opinions are counted and you get to learn something daily, which excites me being a woman in STEM field.

Jereena recommends the following next steps:

Keep reading some topics daily like Science Tech.
Be Passionate about your learnings.