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Advice to girls considering technology careers: Take risks. Straight As don't matter.

http://fortune.com/2015/08/29/lisa-seacat-deluca-advice-for-female-engineers/

I told them that if they didnít have a lot of experience with programming before college, they could opt for the easier route and merely minor in computer science to test the waters before they plunged all the way in. However, I suggested before they sell themselves short, they try to experience technology-related internships to see what a real life engineer does on a day-to day basis.

Taking a risk is always scarier when there are unknowns. Removing these unknowns helps people become more comfortable with making bold choices in life.

Sadly, the self-doubt and aversion to risk they exhibited is all too common and reflected in many studies that show women are more risk averse than men. Not only are males more likely to take risks under stress than women, but risk-taking actually increases for men in stressful situations, according to a 2012 study. It also found that women avoid risk as their levels of stress increases. Such differences have dramatic implications for how we, as women, make decisions in our everyday lives, especially decisions that shape our future.


Is this one of the reasons men dominate engineering?
Posted by lumberjack_jeff | Sat Aug 29, 2015, 05:28 PM (3 replies)
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