Sixth form students met STEAM Industry ladies (and gents) for an inspiring International Women’s day careers speed networking event
To celebrate International Women’s day, The Westgate School was chosen by Slough Business Community Partnership to host an event where women in business and particularly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math's) subjects were invited into school to take part in a speed networking activity with us ladies from Sixth Form.
This event was an eye opener for a lot of the girls I spoke to, who perhaps didn’t realise how many opportunities and different career paths are available within the working world. The volunteers panel answered a wide range of questions and they came from a diverse range of businesses and job roles. We learned that STEAM careers runs through nearly every job role in some form, many of which were previously filled by men.
We met lawyers, managers, entrepreneurs and apprentices who all gave us really crucial advice on how to survive the workplace and to make the right choices. These women, (and the wonderful two men that attended!) were inspirational. It was amazing to be in the presence of so many role models, working their way through normally male dominated careers and hearing how they navigate through life within what some may find intimidating fields.
We cannot forget our male volunteers, Dean and Chris, who braved all the ladies to talk about their roles in the recruitment of women into their STEAM companies.
This event, as part of a wider enrichment of the curriculum, will be useful to us young women to help us succeed in the future . I thoroughly enjoyed the event and thought it was extremely beneficial to all of us. Hopefully there are many more to come!
A special thanks goes to Anita Herbert who brought together the entire event, she couldn’t have done it any better. She was wonderful and welcoming to both visitors and sixth formers, and recruited the brilliant women volunteers.
Tia Baker Stubbs