Australia: Engineering internships for women only

Link here. Excerpt:

'The National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) and PATH4 Graduates have teamed up to launch the first paid Internship and Graduate Programs for female university students who are in their final year of study.

This initiative is called Project I. It is a paid project-based program aimed at providing female talent with an insight into careers available in operational work environments. The intent of this program is to attract more women to operational careers, increasing the number of graduates joining operational companies and developing a future pipeline of female talent to ultimately achieve greater gender diversity in operational leadership positions

We are inviting only female university students to apply as a special measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act.'

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as a recently retired engineer I can attest to the fact that people, men and women, who went to college wanting to be an engineer because that's what my dad was/wanted, or I heard they make good $$, or ... or ... or ... make the worst ees, and engineers. the only reason to study so hard and spend so much $$ is to become something YOU love. pushing anyone into such a tortured life doing something they hate every day, 8 hours a day for the rest of their working life is not doing them any favors. this goes for men and women. once you have been designated as a 'graduate engineer' by the world, its pretty hard to move into something you have found you really do love. there are exceptions, as there are w/ most things, but it is an uphill battle. life has a way of getting in the way in a myriad of ways.

then there are the feminists and minority students who are given help attaining that sheepskin every foot of the way. the stories I could tell start at watching these students handed $$ and grades, then hired by a company not looking for a future star, but for a ticket to a quota requirement. the end of the story has them sitting in an office watching the real engineering world around them pass them by. it not only hurts those who aren't prepared because of the stigma of handouts attached to their 'engineering' degree, it negatively affects those women and minorities who could have made it on their own.

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