Mastercard is back with the second edition of its Girls in Tech report, and it reveals that girls believe that studying and pursuing a career in STEM is not only satisfying, but can also lead to longevity in career.

Conducted via online survey to 2,270 girls aged 12-25 years old in six Asia Pacific countries (Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore), it is discovered that first jobbers who graduated with a STEM degree, 84 per cent indicated that they took less than six months to land their first job and 60 percent of these graduates were very satisfied with the job options they had upon graduation.

Sixty-three per cent of the young women surveyed noting that they are likely to stay in STEM related fields for their entire career.

In general, girls seem happy about building a career in the STEM field. So what is exactly the problem that we are facing here, that prevents us from achieving gender balance in the industry?

“While the results are encouraging, they highlight some deeply held misconceptions by young girls and young women with regards to the study and pursuit of STEM – they still believe it’s a man’s world in STEM and that the path is difficult. In fact, careers in STEM afford women the opportunity to positively impact the world through their leadership and creativity,” said Georgette Tan, Senior Vice President, Communications, Asia Pacific, Mastercard.

So what to do then?

“To build future generations of women leaders in STEM, we must continue to inspire, engage and cultivate an interest in STEM among girls at an early age,” Tan said.

To get a more detailed picture of what girls are thinking about a career in STEM, check out the following infographic:

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