Depending on your industry being one of a few women in STEM is common. If you are a woman of color this is even more common. As more diversity initiatives and programs that support women in STEM are being created we are starting to see more changes. This is why it is important for us to support each other.

5 Tips for Women in STEM:

1. Find a mentor:

Mentors provide guidance, advice and support throughout your STEM career. Finding a mentor takes time so be intentional in your search. If you are looking for a mentor, The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) has a large pool of virtual mentors in various disciplines.

2. Join a network for women in STEM:

There are many organizations such as, AWIS, SWE or AAUW and many discipline focused professional science societies that have special interest groups like Women in Science and Engineering. Join the #WomeninSTEM #WomeninScience #BlackWomeninSTEM conversations on Twitter and connect.

3. Be assertive:

Change the narrative and be authentically you. Sometimes women are stereotyped as anti-social, quiet or even go unnoticed. If you have questions, suggestions or want to lead a project, stand up and let others know. Take on the leadership role that will help you make your next career move. When you are confident, assertive, and professional you will stand out in a crowd.

4. Enhance your STEM career toolkit:

Whether it’s learning how to code using Code Academy or studying a new subject on Coursera take advantage of online resources to expand your STEM skill set. Not sure what you want to do next? Go on informational interviews and volunteer to learn more about various STEM careers.

5. Be passionate:

A career in STEM is challenging, but it is also rewarding. Let your passion and skills shine through. Define what you want out of your STEM career and be open to opportunities that will come your way.

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8 thoughts on “5 Tips for Women in STEM

  1. This is useful advice. I’d like to add the following:
    Don’t mull too much upon the fact of being a women in science too much – simply focus on doing your job.
    (It’s probably part of the more general advice not to overanalyze and meta-reflect in general).

    With hindsight that was the most useful thing I have adhered, too. I have really never reflected on being part of the female minority – unless somebody (usually a non-scientist / non-techie such as a journalist or someone from admin staff) reminded me of that by asking why I picked that profession.

    I have often felt that ‘my world’ seems to be characterized by a different ‘duality’ than men versus women. In case I wanted to view humankind divided into two groups I would rather pick something like ‘managers versus geeks’ or ‘so-called self-proclaimed generalists versus detailed persons’. This is of course a gross simplification, too – but still a more relevant one to me then ‘men’ versus ‘women’.

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