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Asia Pacific – Women less likely to pursue STEM careers, study finds

12 February 2018

Women are less likely to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers than men, according to a survey from Mastercard and research consultancy Incite.

The research found that 45% of women working in STEM jobs were dissatisfied with their current career choice. They also don't expect to continue in STEM jobs for their entire career. As for the factors that discourage them to continue in the job, 46% cited the need to upskill constantly. As much as 39% of respondents were daunted by the long hours, while 36% pointed to the male-dominated office environment.

Meanwhile, a separate STEM survey from Mastercard showed that over two thirds of 12 to 14-year-old girls in APAC find STEM subjects interesting (68%).

“The results of this latest study are encouraging but reinforce the need to inspire the next generation of female scientists, technologists and designers who clearly have a passion for these traditionally male dominated areas,” Ruth Riviere, Mastercard Country Manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands said.

The study found 15 is the critical age when girls decided to pursue STEM or not. Although half of 15-19 year olds considered STEM related subjects when they were young, half changed their minds, and by age 17-19, 12% continued studying STEM subjects. The key reasons girls were discouraged from pursuing STEM education and career pathways was due to their learned perceptions of gender bias, and subject difficulty, despite their interest and ability in the area.

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