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5 ways to encourage STEM careers

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While there is ongoing discussion surrounding the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills shortage, what is not widely deliberated is the lack of women in these critical careers. According to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce and hold 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, yet they hold only about 25 percent of all computer and mathematical occupations. The number drops to 15 percent for architecture and engineering jobs.
Randstad conducted a study to uncover key motivations, beliefs and perspectives of STEM-related topics among kids aged 11 to 17. The Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report highlights major trends and barriers among young children in both interest and intended pursuit of STEM professions. Based on these findings, Randstad conducted in-depth interviews with 13 of America’s leading female STEM executives with the goal of understanding and addressing these challenges.

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5 ways to encourage STEM careers

  1. 1. randstad 5 ways to encourage STEM careers.
  2. 2. randstad the BLS predicts 1M STEM job openings by 2022.
  3. 3. randstad With many opportunities, how can you motivate today’s K-12 students to pursue STEM? 3 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 food for thought.
  4. 4. randstad 5 ways to encourage STEM careers. connect STEM to the real world. 5 introduce prolific STEM role models. 9 showcase STEM’s potential growth & compensation. 13 commend STEM thought process. 18 encourage early STEM participation. 21
  5. 5. randstad connect STEM to the real world. #1
  6. 6. randstad6 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 connect STEM to the real world. “When students can relate what they learn in the classroom to links outside the classroom, there is a tremendous boost in motivation for STEM.” Laura Smith, VP of Technical Sales of IBM Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  7. 7. randstad7 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 connect STEM to the real world. practical uses of STEM jobs are difficult for students between the ages of 11 and 17 to see. 56% say knowing how STEM subjects relate to the real world would make STEM classes more interesting don’t know what kind of math jobs are out there don’t know what kind of engineering jobs are out there don’t know a lot about what accountants do don’t know a lot about what engineers do 49% 47% 69% 76% Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  8. 8. randstad8 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 connect STEM to the real world. in what ways can we make better connections? • partnering with businesses to apply hands-on learning alongside classroom curriculum • encouraging bring-your-child-to-work days to provide a better understanding of jobs • holding discussions on the scope of STEM skills, which are functional in many roles — from NASA to fashion design
  9. 9. randstad introduce prolific STEM role models. 9 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 #2
  10. 10. randstad10 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 introduce prolific STEM role models. “I truly believe we need to expose girls to successful role models in math and science in order to help counter negative stereotypes. When girls can see that people like them can be successful, it is quite powerful.” Rachel Hudson, CFO, Global Corn Processing of Archer Daniels Midland Company Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  11. 11. randstad say they don’t know someone with a job in STEM haven’t talked to anyone about jobs in STEM talk to their teachers about STEM jobs talk to their parents or family about STEM jobs talk to their friends about STEM 11 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 introduce prolific STEM role models. practical uses of STEM jobs are difficult for students between the ages of 11 and 17 to see. 52% 27% 50% 54% 25% Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  12. 12. randstad12 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 introduce prolific STEM role models. who are some notable figures in these fields? Mayim Bialik Neuroscientist and Actress Elon Musk CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Debbie Sterling Engineer and Toy Inventor Terence Tao Mathematician and UCLA Professor
  13. 13. randstad showcase STEM’s potential growth. #3
  14. 14. randstad In the United States, 80 percent of the fastest-growing jobs depend on a mastery of mathematics, scientific knowledge and skills. 14 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 showcase Source: https://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-stw-mc2STEM-infographic.pdf STEM growth and compensation.
  15. 15. randstad15 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 the demand for the best jobs has never been higher. STEM continues to boom in technological breakthroughs and innovation.
  16. 16. randstad robotics engineer big data engineer IoT architect virtual reality/augmented reality engineer 16 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 showcase STEM growth and compensation. potential compensation in STEM. $105,400 $140,900 $144,650 $121,000 Serve as the middleman to communicate what interesting jobs are out there, what they entail and the strong annual pay tied to positions. Source: Randstad’s 2017 Salary Guides
  17. 17. randstad broaden the outlook of what STEM careers encompass. Especially outside of the generic titles of a scientist, technology expert, engineer or mathematician. 17 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017
  18. 18. randstad commend STEM thought process. #4
  19. 19. randstad19 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 commend STEM thought process. “When teachers and educators focus too heavily on the ‘right or wrong’ answer, we do a disservice to students who demonstrate effective problem-solving and reasoning skills.” Trina Salvisberg, Senior Region Engineer of Enbridge Energy Partners Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  20. 20. randstad20 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 commend STEM thought process. how to foster different thought processes. • Focus on the unique path a student took to an educated guess, not whether it was right or wrong. • Applaud a child’s critical thinking or reasoning skills as a natural skill-set and they will find navigating an answer more appealing.
  21. 21. randstad encourage early STEM participation. #5
  22. 22. randstad high school or earlier middle school or earlier 22 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 encourage early STEM participation. when did you decide to study STEM? 78% 21% Nearly 4 in 5 STEM college students say they decided to study STEM in high school or earlier, and 1 in 5 decided in middle school or earlier. Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  23. 23. randstad23 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 encourage early STEM participation. “I believe middle school is the deciding point. If you don’t get them by high school, you’ve lost them. As a country, we don’t focus enough on early education and these all-important years.” Susan Brennan, COO of Bloom Energy Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  24. 24. randstad24 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 encourage early STEM participation. as a result, target teenagers who are at a crossroads with their intended career path. Students aged 11 to 14 are 18 percent more likely than 15 to 17- year-olds to consider STEM topics, such as math, as one of their favorite subjects. Source: The 2017 Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report
  25. 25. randstad learn more. 25 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017
  26. 26. randstad26 | © Randstad North America, Inc. 2017 learn more. interested in learning how to overcome the barriers to STEM? Visit and download the Randstad STEM Study and Insights Report. download the full report
  27. 27. randstad thank you.

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