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Encouraging girls into STEM – The Artemis Network

The Artemis Network is a charity that helps sixth-form girls across the UK explore new career options that they may not have known about before – particularly in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and finance/maths).

More than 900 girls from over 50 schools have already signed up to become members of The Artemis Network, so that they can receive ongoing information about work experience, apprenticeships and other young talent programmes run by our sponsor organisations, which includes UBS. UBS is a global bank, headquartered in Switzerland and present in all major financial centers worldwide which established a partnership with The Artemis Network to guide young women and educate them about the industry and the exciting opportunities that are open to them.  As partners, we participate in careers fairs, hold open days at our head offices, and are also involved in a mentoring program where UBS employees are matched with students in order to share real-world insight, develop their employability skills and build confidence.

The Artemis Network focuses on sectors where there is a shortage of women, offering free workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities to help young women learn key skills that will make them stand out to these employers such as personal branding and networking.  One such event was the UBS career insight day is designed to share information on the career opportunities UBS can offer talented, ambitious students.  These events will allow girls to explore the business, meet people and ask plenty of questions.  If they decide this is the career path for them, UBS will also share top tips around their application and interview processes.

Speaking about the event, Elisabeth Webb from the UBS graduate programme told us:

The day was a great success!  90 girls from state and independent schools across the UK converged on UBS’ offices in London, where they gained plenty of useful tips about pursuing a career in Financial Services.  The girls were also able to participate in a confidence-building workshop and networking lunch.

UBS has programs for school leavers (like the apprenticeship program in the UK) as well as for students and graduates. I interned prior to joining the UBS Graduate Training Program and this experience has been great in supporting my career path and choices.  I have been able to learn about the business, the industry, but more importantly: the real job on the desk and how it really is.  While I was at university, it was hard to decide what I wanted to do, and this experience helped to make up my mind. The other benefit was that when I applied for graduate roles, I had the advantage of knowing more about the position and the environment than others, which really enhanced my application!”

viv-dykstra-artemis-network_250x231Speaking with us about why she believes it is that females are still not holding roles in certain industries or at high levels Viv Dykstra, CEO of The Artemis Network told us that:

Women can be put off applying for jobs in sectors that have a reputation for being ‘male-only’ and a shortage of women at junior level is likely to lead to a lack of female representation in senior roles.  There isn’t a magic formula that will instantaneously redress the balance, but we’re aiming to make more girls aware of the full range of career choices open to them.  Some organisations also have work to do to ensure that their companies are attractive to women, because having a diverse workforce makes good business sense for lots of different reasons.

In my role as director of a graduate recruitment company I’ve been surprised by how few girls put themselves forward for jobs in the investment banking sector, particularly girls from outside London.  There are a lot of companies that are losing out because high-achieving girls either haven’t thought of Finance as a career option or aren’t sure how to approach such a male-dominated industry.  I felt I could offer something that would help to change this situation.”

Read our inspirational feature by Dr Melanie Windridge on the importance of females working in STEM

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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