In 2017 the University of Adelaide launched the Women in STEM Careers (WiSC) Program. As one of the largest Australian leadership programs for female STEM students, the WiSC Program aims to reduce the gender gap across STEM industries.
The program, which is delivered to 100 students a year, consists of two main components: personal and professional development. WiSC workshops are delivered with support from industry partners from across the state and from a full range of STEM industries. Over the past two years the program has provided:
- personal development sessions focusing on strengths, resilience and breaking down barriers for success
- workshops on resume writing, interview tips and networking techniques
- Networking opportunities with the programs’ industry volunteers
In only its’ second year WiSC is already having an great impact on the students and industries involved. The program is receiving praise from some of our high achieving agriculture students.
Georgia Cooper (pictured) in her second year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science says: “I’ve found there are unique opportunities for a diverse skill set in the agricultural industry and participating in the Women in STEM Careers program has enabled me to improve my existing skill set and has given me the tools and the confidence to apply these skills in the workplace.”
The WiSC Program is providing industry with well-rounded employees who are able to step into STEM roles with skills at a level beyond what is expected of a university graduate. A number of graduates from the program have moved into internship and graduate positions in industry with extremely positive employer feedback.
The Women in STEM Careers program is looking for partners to help continue the program into 2019 and beyond. If you would like more information on the program or would like to become a partner, please contact the Program Coordinator Alexis McKay on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 8313 6482.