How to Encourage More Girls to Choose a Career in STEM Fields – Isabel William

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Today, we can all easily agree that basically every profession faces some stereotypes. When considering careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a lot of people think that they’re not good enough, as STEM jobs are often perceived as reserved for highly intelligent people, and intelligence as an inborn quality. In addition, not a lot of people today would readily admit that they might think boys are in a better position than girls when it comes to STEM career prospects, but the statistics prove it right.

Despite being in high demand by employers and promising high wages upon graduation, women remain poorly represented in STEM fields. However, according to statistics, this has nothing to do with their intellectual abilities, as it is proven that women actually make up for over half of gifted students in the US. Psychologists think that gender stereotypes have a lot to do with female engagement in STEM jobs. The ones who can achieve the most in changing these stereotypes are parents and primary and secondary school teachers, as they have the biggest influence on early childhood development. Parents are advised to be more careful when it comes to framing ideas to their children. As, along with teachers, they are the ones who can recognize their children’s qualities early and encourage them without gender bias.

Unfortunately, a lot of parents subconsciously put gender restrictions upon their children every day. As scientists perceive intelligence as a developed rather than inborn quality, boys and girls have been proven to have equal odds of developing it. The difference is that boys are treated differently from their earliest childhood, even when it comes to playing. A lot of parents pick construction toys or complex computer games for their boys, and dolls, kitchen or beauty play sets for girls. This is how boys tend to develop problem solving-strategies and better spatial skills (due to computer games) earlier than girls. Similarly, boys and girls tend to be treated differently at school when it comes to grading and progress evaluation.

Teachers, often subconsciously, encourage the stereotype that boys are better at math while girls are better at languages. In addition, the classroom atmosphere in which a lot of girls are afraid of being rejected by their peers (as being good at science and math is often perceived as “nerdy”) makes them reluctant to pursue interests in science or achieve their full potential.  

As being well-informed is always a good starting point for making the necessary changes, providing all the necessary information early to children is essential to make sure they make the right life choices when it comes to career. In addition to being encouraged to research the different branches of STEM, children of both genders need to be encouraged to participate in science fairs and projects. In order to pick the right university, students at high school should be advised, by their teachers, to visit universities and colleges in session, as that is the best way for them to get the right picture of the place.  Also, a lot of companies and organizations offer summer internships or programs like job shadowing or career days. Spending one working day with people doing the jobs which they would like to have, can provide additional motivation for students. That way, students can get all the necessary information first hand, which they can never find online. However, sometimes a bad financial situation can prevent promising students from pursuing further education. Fortunately, good students have a chance to receive financial supported while studying thanks to various scholarships.

When it comes to girls, the Harding Miller education foundation is offering girls scholarships to girls coming from underprivileged families. Due to poor information, a lot of girl students think STEM jobs are isolated and one-person-centered, which makes them unappealing. Although that might have been the case earlier, with the growth of the IT industry and the development of the field, even the jobs performed by an individual have transformed into teamwork.

Organizing different workshops, presentations and group visits to some successful companies in the field can help the students get a more realistic picture. Also, the young tend to focus on role models. If parents and teachers do not introduce children to the right ones, they are likely to pick the wrong ones, which can sometimes lead to making some very bad life choices. Having that in mind, teachers need to make sure girl students find out the history of many very successful women working and giving their significant contributions in the STEM field, even in the history of the society in whole.

Although the situation in the last few years has improved significantly when it comes to the number of women in the fields of science and technology particularly, STEM jobs in general are still male-dominated. Spreading awareness about the influence of gender stereotypes and the existing statistics about the lack of women in the field, as well as providing useful information about the particular jobs in the field, can encourage a lot of girls to discover their hidden talents and pursue their dream jobs.

Quick-start Workout Guide For The Leaders of Tomorrow – Helen Cartwright

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Are you a great business person or an executive person in your company? Do you desire to balance your success at work to achieve your desired body shape? Almost every successful person in the business world desire that their muscles can match their smart brains. The only problem is that most of them, either do not get time to focus on fitness and healthy lifestyle or are ever too tired even to remember these things.

The good news is that it is possible to maximize muscle building and live a healthy life while building your business to greater heights successfully. After all, it helps you think better because after committing to your workout schedule your mind will always feel relaxed and fresh to process new ideas and solutions for your business.

Again, attaining your dream shape will boost your confidence too. Well, since you most probably know the benefits of working out, here is an ultimate guide for you to start working out despite having busy schedules.

Set Realistic Fitness Goals

It has been said that if you fail to plan, you are then planning to fail and this applies to everything. Planning involves setting goals that you know that if you commit considerable time and effort, it is possible to achieve them. In this case, set your fitness goals and then start working towards achieving them. For a start, do not set long hours for a workout because you might get frustrated when you start skipping most of your workout schedules.

Use Workout Supplements

These workout supplements, also known as ergogenic aids will enhance your workout performance by increasing your energy and improve your recovery after a workout. They may come in the form of pills, powders or liquids and you can find them in vitamin shops, fitness stores, warehouse chains, gyms, and healthy food grocery stores. For instance, if you are that CEO who wants to build muscles try a bcaa and eaa supplement, and it will help you enhance your ability to pack those muscles after working out. However, supplements should only be used to boost your working out efforts and help you achieve your fitness goals faster but not to replace your healthy diet because you must eat healthily.

Set A Morning Fitness Routine

Almost everyone has a morning routine regardless of the time you wake up or how busy you are every day. If you are a great leader who wakes up at 3, 4, 5 or 6 am, wake up earlier by 30 minutes for a workout or if you can still fix your 30 minutes within the usual time you wake up, use those minutes to exercise. The good thing is that most executives tend to wake up very early, and as long you set a goal; it is possible to commit to this morning workout routine.

Walk More

You must have heard of great people who do a lot of walking during their busy days to keep fit and lead a healthy lifestyle. For instance, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs have been known to have ‘walking meetings,’ and it became a norm in their life. You do not have to have a fixed time for walking but choose some of the activities that you can do while walking such as when negotiating a deal with a client on the phone or when you are away from family, and you want to say hi to everyone on the phone. Also, choose to walk when you have some free time you didn’t expect such as when the client cancels an appointment the last minute yet you do not have an urgent task.

Eat Healthily

Most gym instructors and nutritionists will tell you that eating healthy takes the biggest percentage in helping you to attain your dream body shape. Therefore, the purpose of eating healthy always whether you are in the office, on a business trip or even at home. As a busy executive, you should start by making sure you buy enough stocks of food with the right nutrition. Learn quick recipes that will allow you to make a healthy meal even when you come home late after a busy or tiresome day.

If you master this well, you will avoid going for a quick pizza and those unhealthy snacks that many people go for when they do not have time to cook or are too tired to cook. Finally, when going on business trips especially those executives who travel a lot, choose a healthy hotel. A healthy hotel is one that has an option for healthy menus and a gym.

Try Competitive And Nature Sports

Most successful entrepreneurs are members of golf clubs, and it’s a sport that is not only good for business but will also help with your fitness goals. Again, being a competitive sport, it will stimulate your competitive spirit as a leader. Also during your days off, try outdoor activities such as rock climbing, running on trails, paddle surfing, and mountain biking among others. Whatever, the activity you do, it will help you reach your fitness goals because they will encourage you to be more involved in physical exercises.

Everyone who wants to become fit and achieve that perfect body, whether a leader or not should start by saying no to excuses. Also, do not despise any effort even if it’s small. You can start by doing ten squats a day, five press ups, few miles walk or any activity, and with time you will realize how flexible your body can be. Follow these tips and congratulations in advance because if your brain could do it, your muscles can do it too.