Reading College marked International Women’s Day by focusing on the recruitment of women into STEM and this year’s theme: #BeBoldForChange.
The event included inspiring talks from Sally Dicketts, the CEO of Activate Learning, about women learning in Saudi Arabia; Rachel Allamby and Anna Harries from Berkely Group focused on women in construction and Dr Monica Armengol, FES Group, Biomedical Engineering University of Reading offered insights into the careers of an engineer and in bioengineering or biomedical engineering.
The talks were designed to inspire women to consider careers in STEM and breakdown stereotyping, myths and perceived barriers. The common message of the talks, to use Sally's words, was "you can be whatever you want, you just need to work hard".
Students and staff at Reading College attended the talks which were held in the Library. Students from Reading Girls’ School and John Madejski Academy also attended and took part in workshops in construction, engineering and motor vehicle to give them a taste of career options that they may not have considered before.
Health and social care students at Reading College also swapped classes with motor vehicle students in another attempt to combat the perception of careers being more suited to either gender.
Students were fascineted by the speeches of our guests and inspired by their words, they asked questions to know even more their careers path.