Build and engineer: New industries women should co...

Build and engineer: New industries women should consider

What do you think about when you consider what women like to do most in the world of work? Normally, you’ll see a majority of the nursing professional is female. The majority of the social care and work is done by females. A majority of the teaching, especially of young children is done by females. If women want to be seen as being able to work in any industry they must be bold enough to step into them and do the jobs that once upon a time, only the men had. However you’ll find that one of the reasons why women do not want to enter into other industries is because of what they are aiming for. If you want to be a small business owner in the pharmaceuticals industry, that’s fine. If you want to be involved in the automobile industry at a high level, that’s also fine. However any industry that you go into, you must start at the bottom. Women have known about the inner workings of social care and nursing because they have dominated it for a long time. You can only know the ins and outs if you start at the bottom, gain a lot of experience and then move to higher positions.

Engineering is both mind and body

Young women in colleges and universities need to start seeing engineering as an avenue for creativity. It’s quite common for women to major in languages and especially the creative arts, but this thirst can be put somewhere else too. Engineering is a field that is very much geared toward the male way of thinking. There is a problem to be solved, a solution to be had, and implemented into the real world to fix it. However, all of these stages require creative thinking. Women need to begin looking at engineering in this light and not just a bunch of boring cogs and bolts moving around. However, again you have to start at the bottom. Become an apprentice where you will learn to work with you hands as well as your mind. You’ll be in the nitty gritty of creating things that move, which means lifting heavy things, moving large metal objects around, seeing what works and what doesn’t.

Do you want to build?

It’s not secret that young boys love to play with building blocks. One of the earliest games boys play is stacking blocks on top of each other until they come tumbling down. They are seeing how far they can push the limits and also make something that looks spectacular. You need to ask yourself why aren’t there more women in construction. The simple answer is, there is no simple answer. Much like engineering there is a lot of heavy lifting that needs to be done. It’s dirty and messy work which means you will need to wear protective gear a lot of the time and this is uncomfortable. However, if you work your way up, you can become a CEO of your own construction company and be responsible for literally shaping how our cities look.

Women need to start going into new industries and work their way up from the bottom. You cannot just be a CEO or manager. In order to understand the industry you have to do the heavy lifting and dirty work to learn your skills.

Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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