For this month, March for Women, let’s celebrate ourselves and our achievements. I made some research in order to find 5 industries where women are thriving in their careers.
There is no better way to celebrate women than by discussing the progress women have made in the male dominated workplace. Here are five insights on how to break into these male-dominated industries:
Female accountants and finance workers are not unusual. There are a number of jobs available that women now occupy in the accounting industry and finance sector. Many females find these roles attractive, so the finance industry will need to consider the adjustments that can be made to foster a better work environment for the growing female workforce.
Technology is traditionally dominated by males, but with the job growth in this sector, there are many opportunities for women. About 25 percent of the computing workforce is female. Research shows that the industry will thrive even more with female influence and input, since 85 percent of purchasing decisions are determined by women.
Finding a mentor to help you, displaying confidence and learning everything and anything you can about the industry can only make you more powerful and knowledgeable.
The construction industry is the most male-dominated industry in the world. Construction workers engage in many tasks that require physical strength, which can sometimes put females at a disadvantage. However, representatives in the construction industry say they are looking for females to fill construction roles.
It makes sense to look for women to fill roles in our industry that have been traditionally filled by men. Increasingly, women are becoming aware of the wide array of opportunities available to them in the construction industry and are going after them, which I think is an asset to both customers and employers. Just over 9% of women are employed in the construction industry which is rapidly growing.
Around 62% of women globally work in the engineering industry. This is one of the most unwelcoming industry for women. With women joining the ranks of their male counterparts more often, opportunities from their diverse viewpoints only means the industry will continue to expand.
The growth of organizations such as IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) and The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) — which seek to find and provide women with support, education and opportunities in the industry — means times are changing for the better in the engineering.
The mining industry has the lowest number of women on company boards as compared to any other industry worldwide. However, females are making tremendous strides to enter this industry.
Organizations like International Women in Mining look to support women entering the field. With the goal to increase women’s participation in the field, the hope is to further balance gender and professional development opportunities.
Tips for Breaking Into Male-Dominated Industries
Contrary to popular beliefs, some of the characteristics needed to break into male-dominated roles are not unfamiliar to women. Women are hardworking, determined and when educated a force to be reckoned with. Therefore:
Reviewing the skill sets needed for these jobs and honing them is important to landing a role in the industries discussed above. Do not get complacent, industries, companies and internationals climates change all the time and can impact your industry at all times.
Prove yourself to your before proving yourself to anyone else. Male dominated industries are set to be cut-throat and a very much dog eat dog world. But if you want to be a leader in any industry prove it to yourself by developing a thick skin and pushing through regardless
Setting yourself apart will help you secure a role in a male-dominated industry. After all, men aren’t the only ones who can create rivets. Being the only woman in the room shouldn’t be intimidating it should be empowering. Knowing that you are not only paving the way for other women but also helping make decisions and developing ideas that will impact the world is a goal that every woman should have.