Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents 'Out of Touch' with Career Scene

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents 'Out of Touch' with Career Scene

Article excerpt

SOME sectors are still virtually femalefree and it is often stereotyping that is to blame. To prove the point, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) asked parents if they would encourage their daughter to consider a career in engineering and only seven per cent said yes.

So it is no surprise that women make up only six per cent of the engineering workforce. Instead, parents preferred careers in education and childcare, the arts, healthcare and hair and beauty for their girls.

Predictably, when it came to jobs for their boys, parents had a similarly outdated view, saying they thought their child would be most interested in a career in IT, sport or engineering.

Part of the problem is ignorance.

Two in five parents (41 per cent) stated that, if asked by their child for advice about a career in engineering, they feel they wouldn't know enough to support them.

Melanie Ogden, a mechanical engineer at TfL, had an advantage over other girls. …

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