Highly visible examples of women successfully working in these non-traditional occupations and industries are essential to broaden your career aspirations and expectations. These examples cut through gender stereotypes, simple assumptions about you based on whether you are a boy or a girl, a man or a woman

Gender stereotypes and perceptions about subjects and career options ‘suitable’ for young women are can be reinforced in school and in families.

Such stereotyping limits your career choices as a young women and creates barriers to increasing your participation in the better paid, non-traditional occupations.

Negative experiences and/or perceptions of male-dominated workplaces often discourage young women from even exploring these non- traditional and in demand jobs.

Clare Raffan (Union)

Females are half of the population and will therefore likely to represent half of the workforce. The industrial relations field needs to have females advocating for workers as females

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Lillian Scott (Electrician)

I am really interested in how electricity works and I enjoy learning all aspects of my job including my time spent learning the theory components

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Max Adam (Firefighting)

It’s a rewarding area of work which requires a high level of fitness combined with intellectual rigour.

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Anna Dartnell (Transport)

I love working in industries where you have a connection to the end product – where you can see and feel the impact that you have in delivering something.

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Jessica Barber (Mining & Resources)

Some of the benefits of the mining and resources industry is that it is an international one, so I have been able to travel all around the world and live and work in unique and interesting places

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Rebecca Dickson (Construction)

Why are you in this industry/occupation? I love the work, the people in the industry and the opportunity to contribute to significant projects and developments. What are the benefits? The benefits are networking; continuing knowledge gaining and learning; exciting workplaces; and opportunities to demonstrate the value that women add to project teams What are the […]

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Anne-Sophie Dielen (Scientist)

Working in science is sometimes a little bit like being a kid all over again: you ask yourself a question and you try to answer it, you try to find new ways to look at things. You are basically paid to be curious… It’s a lot of fun!

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Pallave Dasari (Science)

Science encourages independent thinking and innovation in people. If you are able to solve problems in the lab and manage multiple students, you develop confidence in your abilities.

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Laura Temple (Construction)

Construction is an industry that has something for everyone. I’ve loved it from the day I started working in it and don’t have any regrets.

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Emma Dellar – Geologist

Variety of project work, including interaction with different groups and skill levels across the mining industry. High level income and benefits which assist with achieving personal goals.

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Lucy Barker – Oil & Gas Industry

There is definitely a need to increase the number of women at sea and women in senior roles ashore. The industry is very interesting and dynamic and there are definitely career opportunities available for women …..

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Fiona Evans – Agriculture

It can be hard for girls who are technically-minded to work out what they want to do with their lives. As I said, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up! …….. studying mathematics and statistics opens a world of options for you to explore,

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Marnie Scobie – Electrician

Great career path that supplies financial security. It is an interesting industry with many different paths. There is no reason why women can not consider a future in this role

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Jenny Mikucki – ICT (Oil & Gas)

I love Earth Science, especially Geology, and Technology, and here I can combine my technical understanding with my passion for developing high performing teams and working in an environment where intelligent people can be passionate about their work.

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Anwen Krause-Heuer – Science

I’ve always been fascinated by science, and chemistry was my favourite subject at high school. Chemistry is fun! My job is literally to ‘experiment’ all day, and it’s even better that I get paid to do it.

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Celine d’Orgeville – Science

Engineering and science are exciting! And so rewarding when you develop new technologies, enable new discoveries, or make those discoveries yourself. Life is too short not to have fun in your daily occupations. All the female engineers and scientists I know are awesome. …you could be one of them!

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Diane Djotaroeno – Mining

There are many opportunities to grow as a female leader and showcase what you are capable of in a male dominated workplace

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Deanna Hood – Engineering

I’ve always loved puzzles, fixing things, and figuring out new ways of doing stuff. This meant that I loved maths in high school, and went on to be a mathematician. As I started uni at 15, I had a few extra years up my sleeve and happily fell into a double degree with electrical engineering. I haven’t really looked back since then!

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Nicole Caran – Chef / Teacher

Since I was 13yrs old I have had a passion for cooking……..I have done many other careers including becoming a Remedial Therapist but it was always cooking that I came back to and decided to follow.

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Sharon Warburton

Sharon Warburton – Construction & Mining

I have spent my entire career in the male dominated industries of construction and mining. I enjoy working in industries where there are tangible outputs. I enjoy the remoteness of the minesites and the stunning landscapes.

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