As a person who identifies as a woman, you may have specific concerns and additional questions regarding equitable access as you transition to the workplace. According to a report by the Thompson Reuters Foundation, the top five career related issues for women are:
- Work-Life Balance
- Equal Pay
- Career Opportunities
- Children and Career
Top Career-Related Tips:
- Make work fit your life. Look for employers whose values and work culture are aligned with yours.
- Always negotiate salary. Do your homework, ask for the going rate and don't undervalue yourself or your skill set.
- Project confidence, take initiative and take risks by doing things you are not 100% qualified for.
- Find mentors and sponsors/champions who have the agency and influence to help you grow and advance in your career.
- Develop your network. Be visible and someone that others want to work with.
- from the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau that provides information about federal laws and regulations of interest to working women.
- Women in the Workplace 2021, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn Inc. Report
Internships and Programs Wanting to Connect with Women:
- ORISE STEM Internships
- Pathways to Science website of searchable opportunities
Build Connections & Support
- SWE - Society of Women Engineers
- NCWIT - National Center for Women & Information Technology
- ColorComm - Women of Color in Communications
- Sadie Collective
- Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- MCWIC - The Maryland Center for Women in Computing
- Women in Engineering Program