Diversity Research in students Preparing for STEM Education - Student Research Foundation

Who Is Preparing for STEM Careers? Our Research Finds Surprising Gaps

With all the attention being given to STEM careers, you might think that an equal percentage of students in all categories were preparing with equal enthusiasm for technical careers.

Not so. Research has found surprising disparities in STEM preparation among different groups. Here are some findings you can explore further in the 2018 Student Research Foundation “State of the Union” summary of research. Read more

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay? - Student Research Foundation

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay?

We recently overheard this conversation at a college admissions fair . . .

A high school student said to another, “When I told my dad I was planning to work in cybersecurity, he said, `Forget it, those careers won’t be around for more than the next few years.’”

Her friend replied, “Well your dad could be right. As soon as the right company launches the right new kind of product, cybersecurity workers will be looking for jobs in other fields.” Read more

Jobs of Tomorrow - Student Research Foundation

Is Company-Funded Training the Missing Link in Building Tech Careers?

When deciding what courses they should be offering, colleges often use a simple process of subtraction . . .

The skills workers need

  • – minus the skills their college teaches
  • = equals the skills they should be teaching, but are not

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STEM Companies Hiring - Student Research Foundation

STEM Companies Hiring Non-Tech Students

STEM Companies Need Non-Tech Students to Fill Jobs Too

It’s no secret that a boom is taking place in STEM education. Students across America are enrolling in courses to study engineering, computer science, statistics, and other subjects that will equip them to fill jobs with tech firms.

But here is one fact that can get overlooked as students prepare to find work with tech companies . . . Read more

How to get the most benefit from you college and career counseling office - Student Research Foundation

How to Benefit the Most from College Career Counseling Offices

Every year, many college seniors visit the career counseling offices at their schools to get help writing their resumes and cover letters, to get some advice on starting their careers, and to scan job listings. Most of those students benefit. Yet the fact is, students can make much better use of college career/counseling offices if they follow these steps . . . Read more

Acronym for STEM and STEAM - Student Research Foundation April Fools Fun

STEM: The Acronym Race Begins

STEM: The Acronym Race Begins

First there was STEM. And we have recently heard about another acronym, STEAM, which adds “Art” to the mix. The result is apparently Science Technology Engineering Art Math. Read more

Certification Programs: The “Missing Link” in Higher Education - Student Research Foundation

Certification Programs: The “Missing Link” in Higher Education

Are you a career counselor or a parent? Or are you someone who is hoping to pursue a career in a specialized field like teaching, accounting or patient care? If so, perhaps you should know more about certification programs. Read more

Giving Voice to Student Career Aspirations - Student Research Foundation

Giving Voice to Student Career Aspirations

What is the future of career pathways and the skills that today’s students need to secure the jobs of tomorrow? With every presidential proclamation regarding education policy and education funding, the critics are quick to glean meaning from what the White House is — and isn’t — doing with regard to the educational pathways available to all students. Read more

Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree - Student Research Foundation

Jobs that Don’t Require a Degree from a Four-Year College

On January 11, 2017, Susannah Snider published “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree” in U.S. News. The jobs she listed were . . . Read more

Jobs in Demand in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

What Jobs Will Be in Demand in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Many analysts agree that a lot of jobs will be lost to machines in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that is dawning. Very well. But there must be some jobs that will increase in number. Which will they be?

“Jobs and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” an article on the World Economic Forum’s site, presents the views of some prominent futurists who include Erik Brynjolfsson (Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy), Saadia Zahidi (Head of Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum) and Suzanne Fortier (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University). Read more