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UTC Reading mark International Women's Day 2021

On Wednesday 17th March, to belatedly mark International Women’s Day 2021, UTC Reading ran a session based around the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) resource ‘My Skills My Life’ with 19 Year 10 students.

The day kicked off with the students discussing the idea of unconscious bias; believing in stereotypes and excluding options that we do not think are for them.

The group completed an activity to show that each one of us has things that we are good at, things that we are not so good at, a different way of looking at things, and this is what makes us all special.

Students then completed the Personality Quiz as part of ‘My Skills My Life’, which draws three personality types for everyone who takes it and matches them to role models who share these personality types and also to industries and careers that might be of interest.

Rather than the students scrolling through role model profiles online, we invited eight role models from different STEM industries, to join us via Zoom to talk about their careers and how their personality types matched what they do.

We were joined by Charlotte Page, Kiera Rose and Sam Over, who are all at various stages of the Graduate Programme at Thames Water; Suzy Beanland, who works for the Cyber Security company DarkTrace; Kristyna Young and Julie Osborne from Vodafone; Jemma Roxburgh from Papercut and Caroline Gratrix from UTC Cyber Group.

It was great to hear from such a diverse group of women and to hear about the breadth of roles they had and different backgrounds they had come from.

‘My Skills My Life’ includes lots more information for the students to work through in their own time, reading about other role models who share their personality types and investigating careers and roles that might suit them.

We cannot wait to present this great resource to a larger audience and with live role models next academic year.

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