Alexa Kurzius addressed this topic in an article titled "What’s driving women away from engineering and auto?” and took an in-depth look at the many obstacles that may cause women to turn away from a career in the automotive engineering industry or why women do not stick with a career in it. Kurzius names educational disparities, sociological pressures and the reputation of the auto industry as the main deterrents for women, but recognizes some of the women who have broken into the industry and serve as "valuable inspiration for future females". The article does a very nice job of examining how women in STEM fields find success and what is being done to encourage more women to pursue STEM fields in the first place.
|The women behind the all new 2015 Ford Mustang.|
- Find a mentor or positive role model – There may not be a lot of women that you work with directly, but seek out someone in the company that you respect or admire and use them as a resource to help you navigate your career. Some companies may have mentor-ship programs or networks already in place that you can take advantage of!
- Know that your work is influential – Your work has a very obvious influence on the world and has the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives. You are in a position to directly make an impact on the world around you, that's something to be proud of!
- Remember that work isn’t everything –I’m not saying that work isn’t important, but finding a balance between work and our lives outside of work is also crucial to being healthy and happy. It can be challenging, but taking time for yourself and your family can help you feel more confident and prepared to put forward your best work.