By Ali Stripling, Senior Manager, Community and Inclusion at Arm
GLAM sponsor Arm is supporting Women in Engineering Day (INWED) all this week with the hashtag #TransformTheFuture. This is important because a significant gender gap remains in STEM roles globally. Arm knows that we need to go beyond raising the profile of women, which is one of the reasons why Arm is partnering with GLAM. Together, we have a shared vision of inspiring more young girls and getting them excited about a future in STEM.
The importance of International Women in Engineering Day
According to the INWED website, “INWED is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.” It’s all about working together to help support women to achieve their potential as engineers, to encourage and promote STEM education, and to support gender equality in the workplace.
For Arm, INWED is an opportunity to highlight and promote careers within engineering, inspire underserved, underrepresented students, and elevate girls and young women.
15% of engineering undergraduates in the UK in 2017 were female, compared with India where 30% of engineering students are women - Catalyst.org
Meanwhile, for women of color in America, this gap is even wider. Asian, black women and Latinas made up slightly less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States in 2015 - Catalyst.org
While women have increased their numbers in many professions which were previously dominated by men, for some reason the number of women in engineering in the United States has not increased since the early 2000s - Society of Women Engineers
What this means for Arm
At Arm, we know that people’s differences are their strength and we want to take advantage of their collective brilliance. Through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, where everyone’s voice is heard, workers are at their best and most innovative. Engineering is clearly a great career for anyone, regardless of gender, and it’s up to us to work together to ensure we have a diverse and inclusive pipeline now and in the future.
It’s time to #TransformTheFuture
To be honest, I find it frustrating that career paths and opportunities within our industry are not better understood by teachers, parents and children. We need to help them to understand that a career in engineering is open to all. We have to focus on building an inclusive pipeline of leading-edge innovators.
Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs have enabled intelligent computing in more than 145 billion chips and our technologies now securely power products from the sensor to the smartphone and the supercomputer. In combination with our IoT device, connectivity and data management platform, we are also enabling customers with powerful and actionable business insights that are generating new value from their connected devices and data.
Careers at Arm
Careers in technology provide the opportunities to make a positive difference to everyone, everywhere. Technology can bring us closer together and change the way we live our lives. By unleashing our own experiences, dreams and creativity, we’re able to test what is possible and change the future.
At Arm we have lots of different business functions. Besides people working in engineering roles, we also have people working in Research, Design, Communications, Legal, HR, Security and Business Strategy, to name just a few! We’re all passionate about working in technology, because it can make life better.
Starting your early career with Arm can take different forms - whether it’s a degree apprenticeship offering hands-on experience and time away to study, or a paid internship during university studies, just for the summer or for a year. Either way, we’re always looking for curious minds to join our global community at Arm, to be the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.