There are plenty of industries that still don’t have enough women working within them. So, if you feel like challenging the status quo, then why not think about embracing a career in one of the following areas? It’s time to smash through some barriers, ladies!
Although schools are working hard to be equal when it comes to teaching, there are still many more boys than girls embracing the sciences. Maths, physics and computer studies tend to be paths taken by males, despite girls outperforming them in many cases. And, as education continues, more and more girls drop out, so by the time those students enter the job market, it’s almost a male-only affair. The thing is, women could bring so much to the engineering world. And, even if you aren’t bothered about the gender issues at stake, if you become an engineering consultant, it can pay extremely well.
The armed forces
The armed forces are still stuck firmly in the past, but things are definitely changing. We are seeing more women in the fields of conflict, for sure. However, once you reach the upper echelons of the army, navy, and air force, those numbers are thin on the ground. It will take a time to get there, of course. But, when you take into consideration what women are capable of, it can’t happen soon enough.
The world of technology is renowned for its men only insularity. There have been lots of issues with sexism, and there are reports of lower pay scales and women being passed over for jobs. It’s surprising. For an industry that prides itself on being at the cutting edge, the prevalent attitude is like something out of Victorian times. So, if you have any ambition to make it big in the tech world, you might have to develop a thick skin, as well as software. Thankfully, there are many different areas to look at, from game design to mobile app developers. If you can find a good firm that gives you the same opportunity that your male colleagues get, then stick with them. Women will be more important to the technology world at some point, and if there are more of us working in it, this will happen sooner rather than later.
The law is similar to the armed forces in that there are plenty of women working in it, but few get to the top. It’s easy to see why at the moment. Many of those important positions are currently taken by those with antiquated ideas of equality. But, it only takes one or two women to reach the top before those barriers come tumbling down. Could you be that woman? Work hard at school, choose the right degree course and prepare to fight your way up, and it is a genuine possibility.
As you can see, there are still many career opportunities that could be stunted, just because you are female. However, that isn’t to say that you just give up and settle for second-best in your career. If you love what you do, and work hard at it, then you have every chance of success. It’s just a shame that you will have to work harder than your male colleagues will.