Businesses of all sizes and across all industries are prioritizing data-driven decisions—making professionals in fields like data science and business analytics in high demand. A survey of corporate recruiters found that 86% planned to hire graduates with a master’s degree in business analytics in 2022, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. And companies are paying six-figure salaries to these types of new recruits; in 2022, the median salary for master’s degree graduates in business analytics in the U.S. is $105,000, the GMAC survey reports.
Women in STEM fields are grossly underrepresented, with less than 20% making up the most senior leadership positions in STEM fields. However, the tide is changing, and we are starting to see some real improvements for girls and women’s representation in STEM study and careers.
Since 2015, the proportion of women enrolled in University STEM fields has increased by 2 percentage points, the number of women working across STEM industries has continually increased from 24% in 2016 to 28% in 2020, and importantly, the number of key management personnel and senior managers who are women has gone from 18% in 2016 to 28% in 2020.
As the saying goes, you can’t be what you can’t see – so the increase of women in leadership roles in STEM is incredibly important to continuing to see growth in women working in STEM.
Meet Christelle Young, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at L’Oreal South Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa and Singapore – the woman who is smashing the glass ceiling in STEM and turning L’Oreal into one the most innovative and successful companies to leverage data and analytics to improve its performance, which is making L’Oreal one of the most in-demand workplaces for IT graduates and marketing experts alike.
Tell us a little bit about your career journey
Throughout my career, I have had a strong interest in both the art of beauty and utilizing data to drive business outcomes. I began my professional journey while studying at Monash University, where I earned a Bachelor of Business Information Technology with a major in information systems and a specialization in business analytics from Melbourne Business School.
Whilst at uni I started out as a make-up artist with MAC Estee Lauder, which helped to solidify my passion for the beauty industry. Simultaneously, as