Tips For Women Entering Male-Dominated Industries

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Entering a male-dominated industry as a woman can be challenging, however, it can be equally extremely rewarding. While representation in male-majority industries is changing, from things like construction to engineering and many more, there is still room for improvement, which is where our tips come in, to help you navigate successfully and kickstart your career! With some slight mindset changes, your outlook can completely change for the better on how to approach things moving forward. 

Find A Mentor On LinkedIn

One of our favorite pieces of advice for women entering male-dominated industries is to find a female mentor on LinkedIn. Do some research about women who work in your chosen industry, whether it’s people relatively new or much more experienced, and start connecting with people. You can read what they have to say about industry news, as well as messaging them for any advice they may have for you, depending on where you are in your journey. We’d also recommend trying to find work shadowing (of course taking the necessary safety precautions if you’re meeting people through LinkedIn), as this can give you an insight into how to navigate the industry. These opportunities could eventually lead to fantastic connections and jobs too, so the power of building your network of women in the industry should never be underestimated! 

Don’t Be Afraid To Set Boundaries

Something else that’s important to note is that you shouldn’t be afraid to set boundaries. Whilst everyone wants to get on with their team and join in with the banter, everyone knows where their personal line is, and if someone crosses it, then you should clearly communicate that you don’t find that funny or they’ve made you feel uncomfortable. This doesn’t necessarily need to be in a public setting, however, it’s important that you set these boundaries, as things may get taken too far and the person may simply dismiss their comments as “thinking you were one of the lads” when really, they’ve disrespected you or made you feel uncomfortable. So, we’d recommend that you speak to someone privately if their behavior makes you uncomfortable, or speak to a member of the HR team if you want it on record. It’s so easy to let these things slide, and we know it’s easier said than done but focus on setting your boundaries from the beginning and you will be helping your future self. 

Simply Work As Part Of The Team

Another piece of advice from us is to simply work as part of the team. Until you get treated differently because you’re a woman, then you should go in, do your job, and work hard. When things start to shift and you may find you’re not given the same opportunities, it’s a different story, however, things are changing in male-dominated industries so that may never happen. Rather than going into an industry thinking that you’re a minority there as a woman, simply go in feeling confident and ready to do your job well, whether you’re joining the world of plant hire construction, software development, or anything in between. You may find that you never experience behavior that is any different from what your male colleagues would, so start with that in mind, and then if any problems arise, you can deal with them accordingly. 

Amy Jones is a freelance writer from Manchester and has written for many different business publications. With a range of knowledge in the business and investing sector, she is an avid researcher and writer in the field. Having worked closely with a number of different businesses, Amy is now looking to specialize in workplace health and disputes and is currently researching and working closely with different health brands for this.

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