A general careers inspiration website for women, with categories for academia, engineering, medicine, psychology, science, space, and technology, amongst others.
The Occupy movement that spread around the world in the last few years brought to light a banking system that wasn’t working. Similarly, we think the careers advice system that’s in place, particularly for women, just isn’t doing the job. We’ve spoken to young women from a range of backgrounds; private schools, state schools and further education, and their experiences of career guidance have been pretty depressing. For too long, bright, young girls have been ushered into certain careers because of their gender and left out of opportunities in fields like Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. And it’s not just the education system that’s to blame; as well meaning as they may be, parents are more likely to encourage their daughters to go into safe, secure jobs rather than setting up their own business or creating an unconventional career for themselves, whereas young men are readily encouraged to take risks and dream up their own job titles. Some of this is related to a deep-rooted sexism that still exists in our culture, where we give greater value to male industries than we do to those dominated by women. A woman wanting to set up her own jewellery business will undoubtedly be met with criticism by those who think fashion is a girly, frivolous pursuit, whilst a man launching a tech start-up company is likely to be taken much more seriously. Which is ridiculous when you look at the statistics; fashion is a billion dollar industry that has shaped our culture throughout history, and continues to do so. Why it’s not taken as seriously as the other arts is down to its female focus. Nigella Lawson once said about cooking; “I feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist.”
So here on Occupy Me, we aim to present a balanced and authentic depiction of the reality behind the sort of jobs you won’t get taught about at school. We’re just as likely to feature a black hole scientist as we are a florist, because both should be professions anyone can pursue, irrespective of their gender. We’re also here to inspire you, whatever your age, whether you’re 16 and considering staying in school or leaving to do an apprenticeship, or you’re 40 and have realised the career path you took hasn’t led you exactly where you wanted to go.