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What Does May Bring For Me?

It’s the last day of April and it is just dawning on me what the next month brings…

πŸ“ I’ll have finished all 4 of my exams, which means I will have technically finished university and will just be awaiting the results.

🏑 I’ll have moved out of student accommodation and back home.

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Moving home means I will be saying bye to my university friends, some who I’ve lived with, which will be strange not knowing when I’ll next be seeing them.

πŸ‡³πŸ‡± I will have visited Amsterdam with my boyfriend and friends to celebrate end of exams.

🧑 I will have said goodbye to some GSK colleagues as I’ve ended my dissertation with them and will be moving away from where their offices are.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡· I will be having another holiday with my boyfriend to Greece, ending on the last day of May and wrapping up what I presume will be a weird, yet wonderful month!

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STEM becoming STEAM

A growing debate is regarding the placing of ‘A’ into STEM, standing for Art.

Many people are asking whether Art belongs…

As I have said in other posts, there is a definite need for aligning job roles and careers to creative interests. The example I often use is how Art skills is desired for UX Designers, and likewise for many other subjects that can feed into STEM subjects.

All industries are crying out for more STEM trained professionals, and the primary route for this is to be a STEM graduate. But it is just as important to have soft skills, the way to learn those are through creative and practical ways.

Whatever letters do or do not get added, the bottom line is that there are careers in all sectors that need both STEM training and creative skills. So don’t ever feel that you aren’t “clever” enough etc to be in an IT or engineering job, because there is a place for all skills.

Take a look at a few articles on the debate:

https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/11/18/ctq-jolly-stem-vs-steam.html

http://www.statepress.com/article/2018/03/spartcult-the-team-for-steam

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252439491/Oracle-MBX-Oracle-uses-interns-and-grads-to-encourage-others-into-Stem

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I was watching The Graham Norton Show last night (which I love!) and my boyfriend pointed out that you only ever really see actors, comedians, musicians and TV personalities on shows, rarely an artist. On chat shows in particular you never normally see somebody high up in business or an influential person in a different vocation than those of the celebrities we do see…

Don’t get me wrong, I love these shows and they are highly talented people and deserve to be there.

But, maybe it’s time to start to highlight other talents and vocations?

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How Tech Has Effected Working Generations

It’s really interesting to see in this chart how technology has effected other aspects that effect the working aspirations and environments of different generations.

I belong to the “Technoholic” Generation Z and a lot of what comes under my category I can relate to, I can always relate to a lot of the behaviours listed in Generation X and others. I wonder what will have evolved into the next generations category… maybe virtual reality will play a bigger part?

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Equal Pay Day

It’s crazy that in 2018, women are still considerably underpaid for the same jobs that men get paid for.

What confuses me, is that governments and companies are crying out for more women in business, STEM and to create a diverse business community. But why would women want to go into any work, when they know they are going to be patronisingly paid less.

My opinion in all of this is not that I should be paid more than a man, nor chosen for a job over a man, but just to simply be treated equally.

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Is STEM pushing aside the creatives?

A recent article debates whether the recent emphasis on STEM subjects at school is pushing aside the creative subjects like Art and Music.

My response to this is no it’s not, it may seem that in schools this is happening, but in industry they coincide… especially technology. For example, a mobile application company will only survive if its apps are user friendly and it has good marketing… which is produced by the “creatives”. Another example would be music producers, they use and need technology to create the latest number 1 song and promote it.

Although even myself, in person and on this blog, discuss the importance of going into a STEM job, this does not mean that anybody should narrow themselves down to only studying or being interested in STEM areas. Personally, I love to paint in my spare time and read fiction novels, this only helps me in my IT degree and job… I know what colours compliment each other for a website and how to write reports.

This is why STEM is great, because it not only plays a huge part in other industries/roles/jobs but they all feed into STEM too, it brings so many components together.

Take a look at the article and see what you think πŸ™‚

http://www.cityam.com/283206/debate-we-over-focusing-stem-expense-creative-skills

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STEM Forbes Article

I could not agree more with this article that is based upon research commissioned by Microsoft.

It not only highlights the growing gender gap within the STEM industry, but also expresses how careers are not highlighted to young women as they should.

Take a look:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodberger/2018/03/31/stem-education-new-research-sheds-light-on-filling-the-stem-gap-for-girls/#61da704c1cf9

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7/25

Glassdoor compiled their top 25 jobs in the UK for 2018, and 7 out of those 25 jobs are IT related!

From business analysis to mobile developer, there is no other sector that holds that many jobs in the top 25. It is more than likely that the number will grow in years to come and looking at the other jobs on the list, you cannot complete any of them without at least basic computer tools and applications.

IT is more than just the stereotypical job and you can apply other skills to it, so if you are trying to decide what to get into, why not aim for a top job?

http://www.cityam.com/279374/these-best-jobs-uk-2018-marketing-manager-tops-list

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Why Don’t We Learn About STEM Vocations?

Growing up there is a lot you are taught to aspire to and careers that you go through phases of wanting to do (including become a fairy princess and cowboy…obviously feasible!) but, often these jobs don’t include STEM roles.

Even at school, the qualifications that are taught are mostly humanities subjects (History, English, Geography…). You have science and mathematics, and now compulsory IT, where theory is taught but these aren’t very encouraging to young people to inspire them to pursue it, consequently, people choose not to and often exclaim things such as “I hate maths”… trust me though, I didn’t like maths either. But likewise, I didn’t really enjoy IT at school either because the school system is so behind what real life was already teaching me, as part of my ICT GCSE I was asked to produce a flyer in Microsoft Publisher… which I already knew how to do since I first went on a PC when I was 10, yet 6 years on it was a piece of coursework.

The problem is that the curriculum doesn’t reflect nor prepare children for real life anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love and still love school! One day I want to pursue teaching in some aspect. But I think it’s time for the government to catch up, children these days can lookup anything they want to learn on Google and can code better than the teachers. So instead of boring them and pushing them away from STEM subjects, why aren’t we showing them what they could do with those skills?

Of course children need to learn the basics and be well-rounded, but how about also asking them what they are interested in doing and giving them options. Maybe even create a mandatory subject for children to learn about different careers available to them and explaining how they can achieve it.

Some kids are lucky, my boyfriend knew he wanted to be a pilot from the age of 6, when he flew a lot to visit his grandparents in Berlin. But I wouldn’t have known at that age I wouldn’t have known at all that IT was the career path for me, unless my teacher at school had pushed me to look into it.

School should be a place for learning about current, real life, as well as theory, otherwise you end up with people wishing they’d chosen a different path.