Until you see someone like you doing something, it is not a social norm. This is why representation in STEM matters.
Your career is a minefield of opportunities where you can invest your energies.
Are engineers meant to be entrepreneurs? There are still very few female entrepreneurs, with the numbers more dismal for STEM! Most studies blame this on women shying away from entrepreneurial opportunities. Our interview with two tech-preneurs, Eng. Mercy Manyuchi and Eng. Joy Makumbe take us through their work, their challenges and why you should be a tech-preneur.
African society has a role to play to ensure gender discrimination is a thing of the past. How does societal involvement enhance the realization of gender equity?
Meet our East African Civil Engineers, Catherine Githuku is a lecturer at the Kenyatta University, Kenya and Agustina Alexander is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Question: How would you describe yourself as a civil engineer? Catherine: I am a lecturer in civil engineering. I enjoy training especially in the areas of structures(design of buildings, foundations and similar structures). I have also specialized in structures around water-ways(that is dams and intakes).
If more women make concerted effort to sit at the decision making table, they would be able to negotiate and influence policy and regulations affecting them.
It is obligatory to network…In this era, information is power and a competitive advantage. Why not spend your time acquiring more of it? Everyone has something they can teach us. We should therefore be spending our time learning from others no matter who they are or where they come from.
In the same way that people tell stories, nature also has its way of telling stories.
As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated by the things around me. When I looked at human beings, birds, airplanes, ships and cars, one question constantly plagued my mind, “How do they function the way they do?”
Do I need a mentor? This is the first question you need to ask yourself before you start looking for one. For example, to find a mentor, you have to have certain aspects that you want to achieve whether it is career growth or personal goals. A single, sound piece of advice from a mentor can be the catalyst that changes your frame of reference forever.