According to a study done with Yale undergraduate students, when asked how much they would pay a writer based off of an article that the students wrote, the women paid themselves 18% less then the men. This is the result of a concept known as the Confidence Gap. We see it all the time. Women consistently undervalue their worth or ability in job interviews, while men overvalue their worth and ability. This has happened time and time again since it was even possible for women to have jobs. But how can we start to change this?
First off, we need to keep the momentum going on encouraging young girls to participate in STEM. It’s not so much that STEM fields are more important than others, but more so that girls start to lose interest in those courses around the age of 10, due to factors related to a lack of confidence in their ability. This leads into my second point. We need to start changing the ways that we raise girls. This change doesn’t necessarily require you to be a parent. Children are raised by not only their parents, but their grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and coaches. We need to change the way we talk to children, especially young girls, and instill in them a sense of self worth that they start to lose in middle school.
But what about all those girls, now grown ups, who didn’t receive encouragement when they were young, and are now entering the career world? If this sounds like you, here is some advice. When preparing for a job interview, rather than thinking introspectively and tearing yourself down, consider the other applicants. I know that comparing yourself to others is not generally the way to go, but when it comes to the interviewing process, it is purely based off of how well you sell yourself. By that time the interviewer has seen everyone’s application, which puts the applicants on a pretty even playing field. It is now up to you to sell your skills, your assets, what makes you special. The worst thing you could do is say you have no experience, because honestly it doesn’t matter the amount of experience you have, what matters is your capacity to learn the necessary skills needed.
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