What is a STEM gig?

What is a STEM gig?

gig

informal, noun gig; plural noun: gigs

A job, especially one that is temporary

"working on the sea and spotting whales seemed like a great gig"

"I need an awesome summer gig to get some real work experience!"

STEM gig

  • Internships 
  • Summer jobs
  • Work experience
  • Mentor programs 
  • Scholarships
  • Networking events
  • Awards, contests, competitions
  • What else? Any opportunity that encourages a young woman in STEM before her professional career begins...

 

 


 

Are you "geeky" girl? Studying math, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, social sciences, biology, etc?

Geeky Girl Reality is here to kickstart your career. If you majored in physics, maths, social sciences, chemistry, computer science or similar STEM subjects, we aim to have all the resources you need to start building your career. 

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Gigs are all about balancing work and study - getting some real-world exposure to your field of study. 

Not yet ready for a full-time STEM job? You need a STEM gig, girl! 

We highlight short-term opportunities like summer programs, internships and mentor programs.

Through our Geeky Girl Reality research we found that young women are looking for short term opportunities to help them start out in STEM careers.

Search our STEM gigs to find the gig to kickstart your career!

- The Geeky Girl Reality team


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Quotes from our survey participants

In our annual Geeky Girl Reality survey we asked young women currently studying STEM about their in the field and where they might be in 10 years...

 

 

We hope to help them get there with our social mission to support "geeky" girls living their reality.

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Latest from the Geeky Girl Reality Blog

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hiya! My name is Gwen Diagram, I'm Engineering Manager for Quality at Monzo Bank which is a super rad neobank. Monzo has only been around for a bit over 4 years but we've got three million customers already so it's a very fast paced, exciting place to work. I've been in tech for ten years, I started in IT Support and moved over to testing in 2011. I really love the role of tester, it's based on helping teams build quality software faster. I love working with teams and I'm currently managing and coaching five other testers which I love! 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? Funnily, no one ever plans to become a tester - and neither did I! I did want to be a programmer though - when I was 12, my dream was to become a programmer so I could sit in a dark room drinking coca cola, eating pizza by myself. It's pretty rare you'll find a job like that now though, software development is about team work, not building isolated programs in the dark! When I was 15, I went on a course to learn VB6 but I didn't get into IT until I was 23. I worked a lot of odd jobs - I started a career in hairdressing but it wasn't for me, it's not artistic enough. I also sold shoes, worked at Subway for 5 years, worked in a call centre and a few other bits and pieces. I was luckily enough to be given a chance in IT Support and I've never looked back! 3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings? My job is very different every day but it boils down to building a quality experience for customers in fantastic teams. The joy of releasing software and seeing people use what you worked on always brings a smile to my face! I love building strong bonds within teams through shared learning as well. Pairing with someone to work on a problem and solving it as a team is the best feeling ever. 4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story? Great question! If I'm stuck on a problem, I'll always go for a walk to mull it over. One of the best problems I ever had was I worked in a development team of me, two Developers and two Product Owners. We were building a website and I had a split role, I was Scrum Master and Tester on the team. The Product Owners were getting hammered really hard to build websites and deliver them as quickly as possible; we generally had two to three days to build a smallish website and get it live. Myself and my developers were having to work weekends and all kinds of hours to meet the demands and every time we finished a website, we'd have another, complex site that we had to build immediately. After several rounds of this, I was tired, my developers were tired and we were basically having a terrible time. After the delivery of another website, the Product Owner called me up and asked for us to work on the weekend - again after we had already worked the last two. I told them under no circumstances we would but we needed a plan for how we could deliver this website. Walking home, I figured out that I needed to get everything clearly displayed on a board and estimated so I could tell them how long it would take us to deliver it - without working excessive hours. Sounds simple (I basically implemented Scrum) but when you are right in it, it's hard to think! Go for a walk and clear your head, it does wonders for being able to see clearly. 5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this? Oh my god, there's so many! Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory who wrote Agile Testing together are amazing. They always bring other people along with them and promote other people that they see doing good work. Linda Rising is another favourite, she's a consultant who is one of the best speakers I've ever seen. Renee Hunt as well who was my old Director at Sky. I hadn't worked closely with women in a long time and it was amazing to have such an inspirational woman in a leadership role to guide and mentor me. Tech has a lot of men to look up to as well who are incredible like Woody Zuill, Noah Sussman and Ard Kramer. There's far too many amazing people in tech to name all my role models. Each of the people mentioned has shaped my way of thinking. 6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time? Know your worth and don't be scared to ask for it! 7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM? Be yourself. You're awesome! Go to as many meet ups as possible and find the community, whether it's a Slack community or online. Don't be scared of going to listen to topics you don't know anything about, that's how you learn. The advice that I gave myself - know your worth. Find out what you should be getting paid via sites like Glassdoor and ask for it! 8. How do you measure your success? How much fun I'm having and how much fun the people around me are having is a good way for me to measure success. Seeing the software that I'm working on in the wild is a great success marker as well. 9. Where can we find out more about your work? There's a few talks on YouTube you can have a look at. My favourite is probably the keynote I did for Agile on the Beach last year which is about Potions for Leadership in an Organisation - https://youtube.com/watch?v=Qi7xFx1A4yE Apart from that, you can catch me on Twitter or at a meet up near you! 10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you? Yes, you can find me on twitter @gwendiagram My DMs are open so if you need any advice, don't be afraid to give me a shout!
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? I consider myself a Jill of all trades, so I tend to lead with a quick intro: I’m a product-owning, design-thinking, code-writing, people person. Even quicker? I’m a Product Owner and Software Developer. As for my career, I spent nearly a decade coding for various companies, freelance projects, agencies, etc. before dabbling in the Design Thinking framework as a full-time position. That eventually led me to a technical product owner role, which leverages all of these skills on top of my people-oriented personality. On a personal level, I am a high-energy, extroverted, deeply-curious person that fell in love with tech at a young age. I was hooked on the concept of the internet from the first days that I had access (I can hear those AOL dialup sounds from here) and I continue to believe it is the societal glue of our present day and future. When I’m not fixated on some device, I’m burning excess energy playing various sports, boating with my husband, razzing my dog, eating lots of ice cream, gaming, or finding new places to hang in my local city with pals. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I knew I had to do something with computers and the internet, but the “what” took me a while to find. My mom was an art teacher and school principal, so I had this innate interest in creative outlets, but was also very good at math. As a result, I had the wonderful luck of having a high school math teacher that put me on the path towards programming. She suggested that I try the only class that was offered and I did -- I was hooked! Programming brought together the creativity of assembling the UI with the logic of setting patterns and rules behind the functionality. From that point on, I knew I wanted to continue to build software and I did just that. 3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings? Knowing that I am a member of a few teams full of talented individuals that want to create software and products that ultimately help our users. I get a buzz when I see unified teams and feel as though anything can be accomplished together. 4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story? I tend to fixate on things and my passion can get the best of me, so I do my best to redirect my energy to other areas that I can positively impact. An example is how I started to teach people how to code at a point in my career when I wasn’t satisfied with my job. So anytime you’re hitting walls or feel like you’re in a dead end, try to redirect yourself towards something that lets you run or channel your passions in new ways. I’m always amazed by the new connections and outcomes that are formed in those side endeavors. 5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this? My mom and I have a lot of differences, but I ultimately look up to her energy and devotion to helping other people in this world. Aside from her, my role models vary throughout the years and align to the themes in my curated Twitter following list. I generally adore any individual that is analyzing status quo and saying, “We can do better than this.” I believe in better and anyone that is pushing the needle is after my own heart. Oh, I also have a ton of Rosie the Riveter garb, decorations, posters, etc. Pretty sure she counts! 6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time? Stop trying to assimilate. I’ll never know the true impact, but I do believe I spent too much time trying to blend in as “one of the guys” early in my tech career. Yes, I was raised with four brothers and I tend to fit right in, but I put aside a lot of my social/networking skills to fit the mold of a “get things done” developer. I see, now, how many tech companies struggle with the lack of communication and networking skills amongst developers so I kick myself for not embracing my natural gravitation towards people. 7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM? Embrace and apply your unique experience and individuality. Tech is so often built in homogeneous spaces and we desperately need more representation and diversity in the mix to cover more vantage points. Find a mentor you trust and/or ask tons of questions! The internet has a ton of information on it and you can burn that curiosity in a number of ways. Just keep asking and digging! Build up that strong sense of curiosity. It’s okay to say, “I don’t know.” Too often we’re put under the impression that we need to be perfect or know everything. Impossible! Instead, stay humble and acknowledge when you don’t know something, but offer that you can try to figure it out. A good attitude and honest input goes a long way. 8. How do you measure your success? Success is being able to juggle or balance all my passion points ranging from my career to my home life. I have a ton of interests and subsequently take on a lot of side projects, but I’m most happy when they’re all moving forward or gaining traction that positively impacts people. 9. Where can we find out more about your work? My work is either proprietary, protected by NDA, or behind a login, but I might someday revamp my former Stack Dog Solutions home with more writing and shared stories: http://stack-dog.com/ I am currently ramping up a chapter of We Pivot in Rochester and you can learn more about the cause at: https://wepivot.org/ 10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you? EXTREMELY social :) You’ve been warned! Twitter - @KR1573N LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristenseversky/
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? I’m Laurie Barth. I’m a software engineer who does a lot of technical blogging, speaking and teaching. I work as a consultant at Ten Mile Square Technologies and have a background in math. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? Nope! I studied mathematics and government in college. I wanted to be a lawyer. During my college career I interned at the Center for Opinion Research, a polling center on my college campus. One summer my boss there made me agree to take Computer Science 101. I was resistant, but she was insistent. I loved the course, and added it as a minor. I ended up getting my masters in Computer Science while I worked for the federal government and eventually ended up being a software developer full time. 3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings? I love getting to learn new things and share them with others. I love that what I do helps people. There is so much about my job to enjoy, but truly it’s the community. I work with wonderful people at Ten Mile Square and I’ve befriended even more people outside of that role. They encourage me, and help me find value in the every day. 4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story? If I’m super stressed, I need a nap. Truly, it’s that simple. It took me a long time to realize this, but the best way to give my brain a reset, is to turn it off. The problem is recognizing this need when I’m so focused on that stress. The best tool I have for that is to listen to those around me. Coworkers, friends, family, surrounding yourself with honest and compassionate people is incredibly valuable. 5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this? A lot of people. I really admire the work of Sarah Drasner, who creates so many tools that help developers be more efficient and effective. I admire Kent C Dodds who has made a career out of educating others. I admire Angie Jones who is incredibly accomplished and constantly helping to elevate others. The list truly is never-ending. 6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time? I always joke that I wouldn’t. If I did, I might change my trajectory, and I’m so happy with where I am at the moment. I guess the only thing I might tell myself is that the HTML and CSS I play around with, the short computer class assignments, etc are all code! For a long time I didn’t think any of that counted, and that real computer science was beyond my grasp. It wasn’t. 7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM? the best thing you can do for yourself is learn how you learn best carve your own path, you can be successful in any different number of ways build relationships and communities, there is nothing more valuable to your career 8. How do you measure your success? Success to me is having the flexibility to make the choices I want to. If I’m in a position to do that, I’ve been successful. 9. Where can we find out more about your work? laurieontech.dev is my personal site 10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you? @laurieontech on twitter
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