Website helps young girls bridge gender gap by connecting them to successful women


GIRLS as young as six believe “being brilliant” is a male trait and  boys are more likely to have better job prospects, research reveals.

A new careers support site hopes to bridge this gender gap and inspire schoolgirls to climb the employment ladder.

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ModernMuse.org allows those aged eight and over to connect with successful women doing  jobs they are interested in[/caption]

ModernMuse.org allows those aged eight and over to connect with successful women doing  jobs they are interested in.

It was set up after research showed 76 per cent of primary-aged girls feel encouraged when they see a woman doing a job they want to do.

The free platform targets parents, schools, universities and firms to unite female talent.

It was launched by Karen Gill and  Maxine Benson, who also founded gender pay gap campaign Everywoman.

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A survey of young girls’ attitudes revealed worrying results[/caption]

Girls from different backgrounds are given access to “Muses” who share their success stories. Karen  says: “Every working woman needs a role model they can relate to.

“Modern Muse will give girls the tools to make that important first step in their career  and ensure parents and teachers know what is required.

“We would like to see every girl more informed, inspired, connected and empowered to achieve the career of her dreams.”

The campaign is backed by major recruiters including BP, Microsoft, Deloitte, Specsavers and Vets for Pets. But more companies are wanted to sign up and offer Muses from their staff.

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Girls from different backgrounds are given access to ‘Muses’ who share their success stories[/caption]

Christina Singh,  head teacher at Nascot Wood junior school in Watford, says:  “My daughter would have benefitted from  this platform, to inform her choices at GCSE, A-level and university.

“This would have given her the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about career options for women. I am passionate about creating a culture of high aspiration and academic success for girls, ensuring they are properly equipped and confident to enter the world of work.”

  •  To find out more or sign  up as a Muse, visit ModernMuse.org. Users aged eight to ten should log on with a parent’s help.

‘Support in world of pressure’

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Bella Davis was helped by Modern Muse[/caption]

BELLA DAVIS found Modern Muse so useful she ended up joining its youth board.

She manages the site’s social channels to encourage other young women to take advantage of the platform.

Bella, 22, of Wargrave, Berks, has completed a degree in media and cultural studies at the University of Leeds.

She said: “The platform was created to provide girls with less parental support – or without a family member in a high-flying career – a chance to get out there and learn of all the opportunities available.

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Bella manages the site’s social channels to encourage other young women to take advantage of the platform[/caption]

“So many girls are not aware of the countless career choices. I know I wasn’t.

“Using it has boosted my confidence. I have been able to search for Muses who have similar interests to me and see just how successful they are, which is extremely comforting in a world that is so competitive and pressured.

“I feel passionate about this because it took me a really long time to find my niche.

“If I can help just one girl find hers without the pressure and stress of today’s society then I feel I will have done my job.”

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    The contest  has been launched by Jordan Daykin, who became the youngest entrepreneur to gain investment on Dragons’ Den as CEO of GripIt Fixings aged just 18.
    Jordan, 23, from Trowbridge, Wilts, said:  “I want to give something back to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.”
    – To enter, submit 500 words on your business idea by August 10. See jordandaykin.co.uk.
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    National Citizen Service (NCS) aims to help 15 to 17-year-olds build their confidence, life skills and resilience.
    Accommodation and food are included in the price. Dan Grishin from Nottingham is one of more than 400,000 young people who have benefitted from NCS.
    After completing the programme, he landed a government job in the Cabinet Office before going on to study at uni.
    Dan, 21, says: “NCS is a great way for people from all backgrounds to learn key skills that can change their future.”
    – For more information see ncsyes.co.uk and ncsthechallenge.org.
Dan Grishin from Nottingham is one of more than 400,000 young people who have benefited from NCS
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Tips for a grad success

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LEAVING uni? Sophie Phillipson, founder of student support site hellograds.com, reveals the five steps final year students and new graduates need to take to begin their careers.

  1. Develop a CV that captures your ambitions and values. Include courses and grades and ask past employers and colleagues for short testimonials. Think about ways to show off your skills. For example, if you want to get into digital media, create a website.
  2. Employers don’t expect vast experience from new graduates but they will want to see you’re work-ready. Some industry-specific experience will help such as volunteering, events you have run and participation in uni societies.
  3. Don’t just go for the big firms. Small and medium-sized businesses offer 60 per cent of all private-sector jobs in the UK. They also provide faster career progression, more responsibility and greater job satisfaction. Approach them with personalised emails.
  4. Clean up your social media profile so it’s professional. Most firms use “social hiring” and will check what you’ve been up to.
  5. Get a financial education. Learn basic budgeting, including how to set up a repayment plan for your overdraft and how graduate accounts work.

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