For Careers in Ideas Week (16-22 November 2020), we’re running a series of posts featuring relevant charities and community interest groups. Many of these were represented at a 23 September 2020 “think tank” meeting, co-hosted by the IP Federation and IP Inclusive, to discuss social mobility and access to the IP professions. They all have an interest in promoting social mobility as well as, in many cases, other forms of diversity.
They’ve kindly provided information about the work each of them does and how the IP professions can get involved. Their suggestions will help you identify opportunities to give back to the community whilst also improving diversity within the IP sector. Working with and through these organisations will help ensure that the support you provide reaches the right people, in the right way.
In this post we hear from the charity Stemette Futures about their work to help more women into STEM careers.
What does Stemette Futures do to improve social mobility and access to the professions?
Stemette Futures: Our mission is to inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM through a series of intersectional programmes, impactful events and inspirational content platforms.
Certification: We are providing professional STEM certifications for young people across the country who don’t have proper STEM education provision.
Experiences: We have impacted 45,000 girls with our interventions so far. We aim to reach 500,000 by 2025 across the globe.
Influence: Our ambition is to be the number one influencer in this space, influencing teachers, parents, media and wider society with quality advice, role model stories and actions for change.
What can IP sector organisations do to help Stemette Futures?
Partner with us to host events or volunteer staff as panellists.
Learn more at www.stemettes.org.
What can individual professionals do to help?
If you work in STEM, consider volunteering your time and skills with us:
- On our programmes – including our mentoring programmes, leading sessions on STEM topics during our Certification programmes and hosting work experience.
- At our events – virtual events until 2021, then at physical events. Serve as a panellist, judge, “lightning” speaker or speed mentor.
- On our content platforms – write a letter to your teenage self, write a profile of a female role model or share some career advice for the Stemettes Zine. Also promote our content and work on social platforms to your network.
- Donate to our work – run a fundraiser or encourage use of your company giving platform to our charity number 1188774 for Ada Lovelace Day (13 October), International Women’s Day (8 March), International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) or International Women in Engineering Day (23 June).
Visit https://stemettes.org/company/volunteer for opportunities to give back and join our volunteers list.
What specific things could IP professionals do to help you during Careers in Ideas Week?
Contribute your STEM passion and time to help us inspire! (And as above.)