A teacher is an amazing role in our society, but it is a dangerous one to be in if you are a woman. 

A lot of women in STEM fields are terrified to even be a part of it. 

This is because, while men in STEM are seen as more intelligent and capable, women are seen to be just as incompetent and less talented. 

So, it is no wonder that a number of women have started to drop out of STEM fields to take a more career path. 

But what about career women? 

What does this say about what career women really want? 

And how can you change your own career? 

To find out, I contacted four women who are currently in careers in their field of interest. 

And, in doing so, I also asked them to share their own career path experiences. 

Here are some of their stories, and some tips to help you change yours. 

From: Laura Todaro, Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Bristol, UK I started teaching in 2007 when I was 18 years old. 

I worked as a teacher at the age of 22, teaching students to speak English and French, as well as maths, physics and computer science. 

When I went back to university I was looking to make a career change. 

After four years teaching English, I went to work as a school counsellor. 

My first job in this position was teaching the history of the British empire. 

In 2010, I was made redundant and then again in 2016. 

 I’m a passionate campaigner for gender equality and want to make the world a better place for all women. 

What I learned during my career as a counsellors assistant at the university of Bristol is that if you want to be a career counsellee, you should think about how you are going to change the world and change the way people interact with you. 

How do you want your career to change? 

I like to work with people with different experiences and backgrounds, because it’s important to be able to listen to different people, especially those who are different to yourself. 

Being a career-counsellor is a big job, but you can also be a role model for girls and women in your field. 

For example, a lot of young girls want to become teachers because they want to do something to change their lives. 

However, they don’t realise that many women who want to learn English or French, for example, are also interested in careers that are about change, and that can include a career as an advocate for gender parity in schools and in society at large. 

If you are interested in a career in teaching or working as a counselor, it can be a great way to take your skills to a new level. 

You can also look into other career options, such as writing or directing. 

Once you have chosen a career, you can’t turn it down. 

It’s important that you work on improving yourself.

You can also try different fields and work with different people to see what you can learn from them. 

Now, that’s it for the career women.

Let’s take a look at what they have to say. 


Amy Llewellyn, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Leeds Metropolitan University I began my career teaching English as a secondary school teacher in 2003. 

While I loved teaching English I felt a lot more confident when I had a career with the support of my partner, and I realised that I wasn’t a bad person. 

Over the next five years, I had many opportunities to take on roles as an English teacher. 

One of my most rewarding experiences was helping to launch the first school in the UK to offer a ‘teacher’s tutor’. 

It was amazing, I met amazing people and I got to teach a little bit of history, politics and philosophy. 

At Leeds Metropolitan, I teach English as an adult and I love it! 


Anna Llanoska, Assistant Professor in Teaching and Learning, University of Edinburgh I was a teacher for six years before my current role, at the time, I taught in primary schools. 

Before starting my career I was a volunteer, but this led to me being a full-time teacher for eight years, teaching a number for-profit schools.