22 Dec Jobs for the boys?
Data published in 2010 suggested that twice as many male engineering graduates transitioned to technical jobs as their female counterparts. In a collaboration with UCL Engineering and funded by the HE STEM project I set out to explore why this might be the case and what could be done about it.
The resulting report found that for every three male engineers, two female engineers graduated and transitioned into a technical job.
What was astounding when we did this piece of work was that no-one had examined this area in much detail. We held discussions with employers and teaching staff in universities trying to uncover the areas where there may be issues and at the same time, looking for and asking about possible interventions. The final outputs were a series of workshops and scenario activities that introduced team working and leadership and the StrengthsFinder tool and the concept of building inclusive teams that I have since developed while continuing to work with UCL and other universities.