When Stemettes and Monster jobs held a joint set of events around the country called the confidence tour, I wanted to come along. So I asked if I could help at all.
I was included in their speakers panel for the audience, mostly female school and university students from local schools, to ask about our careers in STEM areas. There was a careers fair and speed mentoring sessions – I was amazed by how confident the young women were during this – so much braver than I felt when I first started networking at 24!
I was also able to help with some mock interviews, which are always fun to do.
The whole day was filled with inspiring speakers sharing their thoughts on why STEM subjects aren’t just for boys and telling their stories. I had an awesome time and you could see from the lit-up faces of the young women, that they too enjoyed the day.
We even got to meet the Monster!
I’m hoping that events like this will make an impact on students so that they are brave enough to follow education paths that might previously seemed intimidating, or boring.
If you want to get involved in encouraging more women into tech or other STEM subjects follow @Stemettes on Twitter