Career choices are mostly decided in high school, and fewer girls choose engineering and technology careers due to a lack of supportive environment, according to research of CETIN Hungary Zrt. The independent, integrated telecommunications infrastructure provider wants to change this by launching a free talent programme for secondary school girls in partnership with the Association of Hungarian Women in Science (NaTE).
The key aim of STEMpowered by CETIN is to show 11th grade girls facing a career choice an alternative they rarely or never think about and help break down the barriers they face. In addition to developing maths skills and digital competences, the free programme will showcase the exciting opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers by linking science disciplines. It also helps in career guidance, complements classroom work, deepens the knowledge acquired and gives students a sense of achievement.
"The employment rate for women in Hungary exceeds 45 percent, yet constitute less than 14 percent of the workforce in the technology sector.By STEMpowered by CETIN programme, launched with NaTE, we want to encourage women to pursue careers in engineering and technology. The data from our research confirms that this requires arousing interest already in secondary school and developing the subjects and skills necessary for self-fulfilment in girls who are open to further education," said Judit Kübler-Andrási, CEO of CETIN Hungary Zrt. With this programme, we also want girls who apply to see a role model - there are three women in the management of our company. Let me give you a personal example; I was very interested in both mathematics and physics, but when I was choosing a career I had relatively few opportunities to discuss career paths, so I finally chose economics. STEMpowered by CETIN shows girls the choices and offers an insight into the beauty of engineering."
"We are determined to give young people the courage and confidence to enter STEM fields. We believe it is important that they make their choices based on their own experiences, rather than on social or family expectations. Science, technology, maths and engineering is an endlessly beautiful and exciting career – we want young girls to see the huge potential it offers. We're proud to be working with a partner who is equally passionate about encouraging girls into STEM careers," said Katalin Balázsi Dr, President of the Association of Hungarian Women in Science. “We are delighted to partner with CETIN Hungary to bring to life our new talent
 Data source: Hungarian Central Statistical Office (April 2023) and Eurostat (2022).