STEM Week Offers Students Bold New Opportunities

Careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are some of the most in-demand jobs in today’s fast-paced, highly competitive economy. Some of the jobs available in these industries have some of the highest median wages and lowest unemployment rates out of all career fields in the United States. Examples of these in-demand jobs include computer programmer, data analyst, actuary and medical scientist. Today, the Mount kicks off its second annual STEM week, which aims to connect students with STEM field employers who are seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds in a wide variety of majors. This year’s event is shaping up to be bigger than last year’s, with an impressive fifteen employers coming to campus seeking qualified students. Whether you are looking to secure a job or internship in technology, healthcare or mathematics, or if you’re just curious about these blooming fields (maybe you’re still deciding on a major), STEM week presents an incredible opportunity to connect and learn about a wide range of rewarding opportunities.

STEM week kicks off today with the STEM Fair. This job fair will be held in the Cardinal Keeler Dining Room, located adjacent to the student cafeteria in Patriot Hall. It will be held from 3:30-5:00 PM and will feature many successful and well-known employers from all around the country, including Lockheed Martin, the National Institutes of Health, MedImmune/AstraZeneca and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. This will be an excellent opportunity to speak to professionals and to possibly land an internship or full-time job after graduation. The STEM fields are flourishing in and around Washington, D.C., and there is a thriving biotech quarter in Frederick, MD. If you were wondering how to get your foot in the door of high-tech industries, the STEM Fair would be a great place to network and to promote yourself. Some of the employment opportunities that will be offered are software engineer, data analyst, residential counselor, quality assurance, supply chain management and science research. Recruiters representing in-demand, high-paying industries are coming to the Mount in a search for qualified professionals to become tomorrow’s leaders, so don’t miss out on a chance to launch your career.

The STEM Fair is the kickoff to an exciting week full of opportunities to learn, network, and grow professionally. Officially, STEM week runs from today until next Thursday, March 2nd. In addition to the Fair, there will be a Technology Panel, STEM Alumni Panel and a Healthcare Networking event. The Alumni Panel will be a superb opportunity to connect with alums who are involved in the STEM field, who know the industries in-and-out. It will be held on February 24th, from 12:00PM-1:00PM in COAD 314. They will be able to answer your questions about specific career paths and job opportunities while offering to share their experiences. Alums are great resources for navigating your way through complicated job markets, so this event will be highly beneficial to STEM majors and aspiring job candidates.

The next event will be the Technology Panel on Tuesday, February 28th. This panel will be moderated by our very own Assistant Professor Rebecca Portier, from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, and will be held from 5:00PM-6:00PM in O’Hara Dining Room. This panel will offer insights into the world of technology, and will share their perspectives working in the field. You will be able to discover new career opportunities and ask all of your high-tech questions, which will be answered by experienced professionals in an engaging environment.

Lastly, the Mount will be hosting a Healthcare Networking Event on Thursday, March 2nd, from 5:00PM-7:00PM in O’Hara Dining Room. This is a can’t-miss event for Mount students who are planning on pursuing a career in any healthcare-related field. This includes those who are majoring in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Health Studies or Pre-Med. I recommend donning your business professional attire, because you’ll want to present yourself as professionally as possible.  While not officially an event focused on recruitment, this will be an excellent opportunity to get noticed by healthcare professionals who are looking for young talent. Striking up a conversation with the right person could open a door that will enable you to realize your goals.  

Whether you’re planning on pursuing nursing, cybersecurity, systems analysis, medical research or any other STEM career, STEM Week at the Mount is a time to get connected to the job of your dreams. Even if you’re not a junior or a senior, STEM Week will be an invaluable experience to learn more about the industry and network with the right people. The Career Center and the School of Natural Science have worked very hard to bring this event together, which will provide Mount students with an unmatched opportunity to connect to STEM careers. If you want to find out more about some of the most competitive, high-paying jobs out there, stop by the STEM Fair and sign up for one of the other events to learn and get yourself noticed. The Healthcare Networking event and Technology Panel both require pre-registering; there will be an email sent out to all students with instructions on how to do this. If you’ve missed the email, just contact the Career Center and they will guide you.

Until next time,

TMJ

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