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Women in STEM Q4 2021

Finding your career for the future

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Gillian Harford

Country Executive, 30% Club Ireland

Choosing career options is challenging for any young person, particularly when jobs of the future are constantly being reimagined.


In Ireland, our 30% Club members recognise the challenge of finding the right career path and are committed to supporting STEM awareness programmes in schools. But we also need our traditional industries to focus on STEM careers and help with career choices.

Technology jobs exist in every sector

Our Financial Services Group is eager to show the wide range of roles that go beyond the most well-known such as bank cashiers, personal lending advisers or stereotypes of Wall Street traders. 

Instead, they want to demonstrate a much broader range of opportunities for building a sustainable and successful career in a modern tech-led industry, with diverse and interesting career paths, a strong reputation for investing in education and training, and an important part of the Irish economy. 

Professional life ambitions can be achieved through interesting innovative tech-based jobs, with career progression and the opportunity to move into more senior roles.

The result is ‘A Career less Ordinary’ – a campaign including samples of role profiles and career paths from contributors within the industry. The initiative is designed to challenge some of the traditional stereotypes that exist around jobs in the banking and finance industry. 

While the programme is not gender specific, it is designed to encourage more young women to consider the sector as a viable career option. It aims to show finance as a sector where professional life ambitions can be achieved through interesting innovative tech-based jobs, with career progression and the opportunity to move into more senior roles. 

Early contribution to talent pipeline

As part of continued support for building a future talent pipeline, we hope that these practical resources will be useful to students, parents and teachers in opening possibilities and bringing more talent, especially talented young women, into the industry.The campaign is an official action measure of the 2021 Ireland for Finance Action Plan under the Talent Pillar. The Department of Finance and Ireland for Finance have welcomed the initiative as part of our continued focus on building diverse talent within the industry.

The video and role profiles are available via Careers Portal, Ireland’s leading Career Guidance Website and through social media on Twitter, Linkedin and Tik Tok. See link for more.

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