New data reveals half of girls in Australia have never considered a STEM career

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Women represent just 16% of Australians with STEM qualifications – yet we know STEM skills are vital to our tech-driven future workforce. Image: Shutterstock

On Girls in ICT Day (April 22) the United Nations International Telecommunication Union highlighted the importance of promoting tech gigs to girls in the world’s fastest-growing sector

It’s no surprise that the demand for science, tech, engineering and maths (STEM) talent is at an all time high. However, job search giants SEEK have recently revealed that over half of Australian girls (53%) have never even considered bagging a STEM-related role. 

According to the just-released research, among the top reasons why young girls aren’t looking into STEM pathways are:

  • An interest in other fields
  • Not being good with numbers
  • Not knowing how to land one
  • Seeing STEM jobs as male dominated

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Considering that girls who learn STEM skills will not only be well-placed for a successful career in STEM sectors but just about any field they might choose to pursuerecognising initiatives like the United Nations International Telecommunication Union Girls in ICT Day have never been so important. 

“There has been a conscious effort from educational institutions and technology companies, SEEK included, to break down outdated perceptions of tech roles and attract more women and girls,” stresses Group HR Director at SEEK Kathleen McCudden.

“I think the key is helping girls to view a career in tech as exciting, whilst also making our workplaces inclusive, encouraging and supportive.”

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Girls in ICT Day classroom resources

Are you a teacher planning on celebrating girls in STEM even after Girls in ICT Day is over?

With an estimated skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the information and communication technology sector within the next five years, the following resources stress the importance of girls getting skilled up in coding, app development and computer science.

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Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.

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