College and Beyond – Opportunities for Women in STEM.

Thanks to Emma, Anna and Lauryn and Ms O’Kane and Mr Farrell for attending and reporting on a conference centered on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

On Tuesday October 25th 4th 5th and 6th year girls from around the country descended on the National Concert Hall in Dublin for a talk about opportunities for women in STEM. In the lobby of the concert hall we were free to walk around and talk to representatives from a variety of universities and organisations. Once inside we were introduced to four women, each in a different area of the STEM acronym.

They each spoke to us about their backgrounds in their respective areas and how they progressed to be where they are today. Eva Duffy spoke to us about her background in science, from her schooling, to her degree in biochemistry and to how she came to work for Alexion. Jacky Fox filled us in on her career in a technological field, including her work in a Security and Forensic lab with Deloitte. Marguerite Sayers is the Managing Director for ESB and Fiona Royce, the final speaker works in data analytics for Deutsche Bank.

Each speech was very informative and it was interesting to hear about the different career paths of each woman. At the end there was a discussion panel where they each answered questions that had been sent in from the audience in front of them. It was inspiring to hear their stories and how they rose to such high positions and, it was great to hear them answer questions, that I think it is safe to say were on everybody’s minds. They each went about things in very different ways but their main advice in the end was to choose subjects, courses and career paths that you find interesting and enjoy. The passion and enthusiasm they each had for their work struck me hugely and that is definitely something that I think we should all aspire to.