Accenture, as part of the Women Invent Tomorrow programme with Silicon Republic, carried out extensive research identifying some of the barriers and challenges facing parents, teachers and young girls when it comes to making choices about STEM-related subjects at school and how this may impact their choices when it comes to the jobs and work world of tomorrow.
The report ‘Powering Economic Growth: Attracting more young women into science and technology’ was launched in Accenture’s offices and was attended by leading figures from business, academic and government.
Key findings from the study:
Parents are key influencers but have difficulty advising their daughters on STEM.
Parents lacking information and reinforced gender stereotypes are amongst the reasons for the lack of females working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) jobs in Ireland.
The majority of respondents surveyed by Accenture identified parents as the key influencer in Leaving Certificate subject selection and ultimate career choice. However, results show that parents are struggling to get to grips with the new world of work. Despite being aware of the importance of STEM, 53% feel ‘moderately,’ ‘poorly’ or ‘very poorly’ equipped to advise their daughters on career choices in STEM areas.