I used to believe that my story was small and my journey was insignificant, but I saw an opportunity for me to grow and I took the lead. I wanted to show students around the world, the importance of unlocking their potential, utilizing the resources they have around them and taking charge from their campus to career.
I am also hopeful that this new recognition will encourage a diversity of students to pursue this field. As a Pakistani American, Muslim, and female, I am a part of several demographic groups that are not well represented in the profession of Architecture.
Many of us long to attend these dope conferences and summits, but may not have the funds available at the moment. Don’t become discouraged! There are some budget friendly resources available to help you invest in your career.
By planning your career strategy, you are increasing your chances of staying employable and achieving your long-term career goals.
Find something you love within your field and do everything in your power to find that job. If you lack experience, go above and beyond to find internships, volunteer positions, etc.
The main thing to remember when embarking on this journey is to not give up. That opportunity will show up and show out for you eventually.
By 2020 more than 80% of future jobs will require a STEM education of some sort. The question is now.....how can we get young ladies more engaged in pursuing STEM careers?