Are you a women looking to grow your career in the energy industry? It can seem like an uphill battle some days. But it is possible to shine as a woman in this generally male-dominated industry. Here’s how to position yourself to stand out from the crowd.
The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
Diversity in the workplace is of growing importance in an international business environment. When working with multiple different ethnicities, genders, ages, and lifestyles, there can be difficulties in maintaining a strong team-focused environment. But a manager with a global perspective recognizes the value of building a diverse workforce.
Employing workers from multiple different backgrounds provides tangible benefits to an organization. There are measurable increases in productivity, creativity, language skills, and company reputation. Growth comes from innovation and the pursuit of new ideas. Hiring and supporting workers of all backgrounds incorporate the unique perspectives and experiences of each individual. In a global market, companies that cannot understand the large demographics of their own customers are setting themselves up for failure.
A Growing Emphasis on STEM Learning for Women
In addition to the need for a more diverse workforce, STEM education is clearly an important factor in the long-term success of the energy industry. Marketing this career path just to men is highly limiting to businesses, even ones that have been traditionally male-dominated. As women like former Miss USA Kara McCullough (a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) come into the spotlight, a growing interest in science and technology education and careers has been a direct result. Smart and professionally successful scientists have been inspiring a new generation of female STEM students, something that has long been said to be a substantial barrier to bridging the skills gap within the energy industry. Showing your experience and expertise as a woman in a STEM field can bring your career to the forefront. That which makes you different can also allow you to succeed within an otherwise homogeneous talent pool.
The Rise of Women in Science and Technology
For an extended period of time, women have had very little presence within the science and technology industries. But as more high-profile energy professionals come into the spotlight, they signal a change in the industry, in the culture, and in the workforce. As a woman in this industry, you have the opportunity to also be a leader to others interested in growing their career in science and technology. All companies struggle to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry and bridge the skills gap. The energy industry can only benefit from an increase in talent by hiring more women to the field. So take that opportunity for yourself, and bring others along with you. Your unique perspective on the world and the work will benefit your colleagues and your employer in the long term.
For help finding your next opportunity in the power industry, connect with the team at ESGI today.