How much career counselling is crucial for women economic empowerment?

While making a career choice, there is hardly any culture of providing career counselling to the girls or women.They usually go to have career in usual fields and are not pushed to have a career in challenging fields. This results in the absence of women from mainstream fields like STEM, where men are dominated most of the time and then the perception occurs that they are not suitable for the women. We do encourage women to secure their future by having the career in the fields, which will get them an immediate job and they will not have to go through any hardships of research and development. I think with the help of career counselling, we can make more girls to go for the degrees that would give them exposure to the challenging fields & then the companies could make feasibility for women to work along with men in these fields with an absolute ease. It will be like breaking gender stereotype barriers and creating opportunities for women as well to prove themselves.

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  • Catherine Nyoike

    Career counseling is crucial for women empowerment. In addition to providing information on the ever increasing career options, it also helps individuals to match their personal characteristics to their careers which contributes towards them excelling in what they do.

  • Stella Bakibinga

    I cannot determine how much career counseling is required for WEE but all I can say is that it should be timely and consistent. By timely I mean it should start quite early when the girls are young so that they are given a chance to make informed choices. Consistent implies counseling women in a continuous manner in case anyone has a change of mind in the process.

  • Monica Lerith Melendez Flores

    I think that for women to be interested in following a career  that is "men dominated", they should be able to get to know these fields. Nowadays, I have seen the creations of organizations that promote the involvement of girls in different areas such as programming, architecture, engineering, etc. This helps them to discover many more career choices and helps them to break stereotypes of career choices. 

  • Monica Lerith Melendez Flores

    I think that for women to be interested in following a career  that is "men dominated", they should be able to get to know these fields. Nowadays, I have seen the creations of organizations that promote the involvement of girls in different areas such as programming, architecture, engineering, etc. This helps them to discover many more career choices and helps them to break stereotypes of career choices. 

  • Stella Bakibinga

    I don't think there is anything like 'much' counseling, but rather it should be given in a consistent manner whenever necessary. Career guidance helps students make informed choices and as such should be a mandatory task for all schools. Career guidance days should be set aside during the school term, during which professionals from various fields must talk to the girls about their choices and the impact it has had on their life after school.

  • Kara Tieman

    Debbie Sterling's Ted Talk is one of my favourites. Debbie is the founder of GoldieBlox a organisation producing engineering toys. She articulates really well how western cultures don't encourage women to participate in STEM. It is so important for children to not play with gendered toys, it is these early years that the skills are developed to enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

    https://youtu.be/FEeTLopLkEo

  • Kara Tieman

    I wonder if this varies in different countries. I know it is the case in Australia but the lack of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics starts from schooling as these are not subjects encouraged and I found they were not easy subjects to understand requiring lots of questions. Do you think women and girls are discouraged to ask questions in the classroom?

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