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What is it like being a woman in STEM?

I’m considering going into a STEM career & majoring in STEM in college but I’ve heard it’s hard being a woman and finding a career in it because of the male dominant community.

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Victoria’s Answer

Hi Ashley,

I love your question! Definitely choose a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career. STEM in the past has not totally represented everyone our society but that is changing. There are about 9 million available STEM jobs – and over 4 million available jobs in science and technology alone!

We definitely need you in this field and there are opportunities to start your journey now.

I have included some links below for you to explore about STEM opportunities in Verizon. STEM is an amazing career path and you will have the opportunity to work on some very cutting edge projects. At Verizon, I work on projects related to the T - technology and M - math in "STEM". Technology is literally changing the way we work, learn, travel, and interact - we build networks, smart cities, and create new apps, platforms, and virtual reality gear. Science and Engineering are also making incredible discoveries every day in all industries. This is a wonderful time to be entering this field and we need talented people like you.

While there weren't very many women in network security (as one example of a STEM career) in the beginning, that is changing today. It's critical to have everyone at the table and to hear new ideas and points of view. When you find a career you really enjoy and you are constantly learning and sharing ideas, it breaks down barriers and differences. There are many wonderful people who work in this area.

Start with these links and then talk to your teachers to identify opportunities at your school. Consider doing an internship or volunteering in your area on STEM related projects. Read everything you can and learn.
You are on a fantastic journey, keep us posted!

http://www.verizon.com/about/news-tag/weneedmore
http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/verizon-innovative-learning
http://www.verizon.com/about/news/women-color-stem-tide

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Lai’s Answer

Great question, Ashley! I have been in the technical field for a major Telecommunication company in U.S. for close to 20 years. I don't limit myself even though I am a minority in my group (woman of Asian descent). I started as a mobile app developer and thoroughly enjoyed working with the best of the best people in my company. I think its all up to you to pursue what you like in the STEM field. Sky is the limit!

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Sierra’s Answer

Hey Ashley! If you are interested in a STEM career, go for it! I majored in Computer Engineering, with less than 7% of the graduates in my class being female. Though I certainly noticed being one of very few women in classes, I do not have any personal horror stories related to it. Both in school and in the professional world, I have found that though it may be noticeable to be a bit different at times, it is not a negative. Providing a different perspective is something companies look for!

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