5 Tips for Women in STEM

Here are my 5 tips that I have learned along the way as a woman in STEM:

1. Find a mentor:

Mentors are great! They provide guidance, advice and support throughout your STEM career. If you are looking for a mentor tap into your in your existing network, explore LinkedIn and join the #sciencetwitter community. If you are interested in virtual mentoring join the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Finding the right mentor takes time and I encourage you to find multiple mentors for the different areas of your career.

2. Join a network for women in STEM:

One of the great benefits of being a woman in STEM are resources that are available. There are many organizations for women such as AWIS, SWE or AAUW. When you surround yourself with other women in STEM you will learn the tools of the trade. When you attend conferences you will learn more about your field, talk about your research and network with other women in STEM. It’s a win-win-win! If you don’t have a mentor yet a conference is a place to find potential mentors. 

3. Be assertive:

Sometimes as women in STEM we are stereotyped as anti-social, quiet or even go unnoticed. Don’t let this happen to you. If you have questions, suggestions or want to lead a project stand up and let others know. Take on that leadership role you that will help you make your next career move. When you are confident, assertive, and professional you will stand out in a crowd.

4. Get started with your STEM career!:

If you want to learn a new skill or technology do it. It is never too early to get started. Look for research opportunities that will prepare you for your career. Go on informational interviews and volunteer in various industries to see what you like.

5. Be passionate:

A career in STEM is challenging, but it is also rewarding. Let your passion shine in everything you do. When you combine passion and skill in your career you will be happier and more successful.

What are some tips that you have learned along the way? Share below.

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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