Psyched About STEM

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Psyched About STEM

  1. 1. + Psyched about STEMSponsored by the Regional CareerEducation Partnerships ofBucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia Counties
  2. 2. + Sponsored by: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton
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  4. 4. + Materials, an archived copy of the webinar and follow-up resources will be available at: http://careerreality.wikispaces.com/
  5. 5. + Our Presenters David Smith Greg Kennedy
  6. 6. What is+ STEM, anyway?Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
  7. 7. +What is a STEMCareer?Any career that requires knowledge ofthe STEM disciplines: science,technology, engineering, ormathematics.
  8. 8. +ScienceBasic ResearchApplied ResearchConsultingTechnical ServicesTeaching
  9. 9. +TechnologyInformation and KnowledgeManagementCommunications TechnologyVisualization and SimulationTechnical ServicesTeaching
  10. 10. +EngineeringDesign SystemsAnalyze/Optimize SystemsProcess ControlTechnical servicesTeaching
  11. 11. +MathematicsBasic ResearchComputing/ModelingFinanceRisk Management/ActuarialTeaching
  12. 12. +Why Would I Want ASTEM Career?Strong employment outlookPleasant work environmentHigh salaryLow stress
  13. 13. + 2011 Best Jobs (of 200 surveyed), based on conditions, outlook, & pay  1. Software Engineer ($87,000)  11. Sociologist  2. Mathematician ($94,000)  12. Accountant  3. Actuary ($87,000)  13. Paralegal Assistant  4. Statistician  14. Physicist  5. Computer Systems Analyst  15. Financial Planner  6. Meteorologist  16. Philosopher  7. Biologist  17. Occupational Therapist  8. Historian  18 Parole Officer  9. Audiologist  19. Aerospace Engineer  10. Dental Hygienist  20. Economist http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/2011-ranking-200-jobs-best-worst
  14. 14. + 2011 Worst Jobs (of 200 surveyed)  200. Roustabout ($32,000)  190. Stevedore  199. Ironworker ($34,000)  189. Sailor  198. Lumberjack ($32,000)  188. Reporter (Newspaper)  197. Roofer  187. Sheet Metal Worker  196. Taxi Driver  186. Child Care Worker  195. EMT  185. Dairy Farmer  194. Welder  184 Photojournalist  193. Painter  183. Auto Mechanic  192. Meter Reader  182. Butcher  191. Construction Worker  181. Plasterer http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/2011-ranking-200-jobs-best-worst
  15. 15. +How to Succeed•Hard work trumps natural talent•Keep an open mind the reasons – don’t just•Findmemorize•Never give up•Learn to read technical material http://weusemath.org/howtosucceedinmath•Talk to your teacher•Look for the beauty
  16. 16. +Hard Work TrumpsNatural TalentIn any field, the people who are mostsuccessful are those that work thehardest
  17. 17. +Keep an Open MindThings you learn now may well beuseful even if you don’t see it rightaway
  18. 18. +Find the Reasons –Don’t Just MemorizeFormulas and procedures areimportant tools, but they are not theimportant knowledge in STEM fields
  19. 19. +Never Give UpLearning STEM content is hardwork, but the hard work is well-rewarded
  20. 20. +Learn to ReadTechnical MaterialTechnical resources created byexperts contain useful information, butit has to be unpacked. Diagrams areoften as important as text.
  21. 21. +Talk to Your TeacherThey want you to succeed - don’t beafraid to ask for help, or to be pushedto do more.
  22. 22. +Look for the BeautyImportant ideas in STEM are oftenastonishing in their simplicity andpower.
  23. 23. + You’re Not Just Learning the Content
  24. 24. + You Might Not be Working at a Desk
  25. 25. + Or Even in a Lab
  26. 26. + My Own Career Geologic Mapping Seismic Hazards University Professor Non-Profit Management ???

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