Mentoring: A Way To Drive Interest And Success In The STEM Field
Even in the midst of economic uncertainty, there is widespread agreement that STEM fields will continue to hold a wealth of opportunity for the next generation. Between 2019 to 2029, the U.S. job market is projected to grow by 3.7%, a trajectory that nearly doubles for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But developing a skilled, motivated and well-supported workforce starts with education, both in and outside of the classroom. To ensure that students from all backgrounds and communities are able to compete for the jobs most in demand, business leaders must harness the tools that connect students with these opportunities and help them explore and prepare for their desired careers.
Prior to Covid-19, STEM careers were already an important goal for students. But during the pandemic, the country witnessed the importance of medical researchers and epidemiologists, principally Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In fact, the “Fauci effect” may be a contributor to the notable spike in medical school applications. As the economy recovers in the wake of the pandemic, it will be even more important that individuals understand what a career in STEM can look like. How can we do that?