Heathfield added that it's important to learn computer skills at a young age. As time goes on, jobs will only become more dependent on technology. "A lot of kids don't have anyone telling them that one computer program that you might develop could change the world," she says.
According to Stout, students, especially those in college, should not think about courses in terms of traditional gender roles. Men who have an interest in medicine but don't want to be a doctor should inquire about what it takes to be a nurse. Women who have an interest in science should figure out what needs to be done to become an engineer.
"Students look at life differently now," she says. "You go into a classroom that was traditionally female and there are more and more males. The same is true for classes once dominated by men."