The Maynard’s ‘Jobs for the Girls’ deemed a resounding success!

30 Oct 2012

Attendance figures surpass expectations.

150 Girls from secondary schools in and around Exeter attended ‘Jobs for the Girls’, a careers fair with a difference, at The Maynard School on Tuesday to find out about alternative career paths for women. This marks the biggest turn-out yet for this increasingly popular event.

Among the female speakers were a Lieutenant Commander from the Royal Navy, a general surgeon and a neurorobotics researcher, all of whom gave inspiring, informative talks. During the careers fair, girls had the opportunity to speak to exhibiting colleges and universities as well as the speakers and receive advice on pursuing traditionally male-dominated careers. The Maynard School Headmistress, Ms B Hughes, said: ‘Jobs for the Girls is an extremely important step in steering girls to follow interesting and successful career paths. We look forward to holding the event again in 2014.’

The Maynard School created the ‘Jobs for the Girls’ event in 2009 in response to ongoing research which shows that women are still under-represented in many fields of engineering, technology and the physical sciences, and are often lower paid than ‘male’ jobs requiring a similar level of education and skills.