It’s a STEM world
But which one?
The array of options open to STEM-oriented students can actually be a problem. There are dozens of STEM majors to choose from and hundreds of STEM-related jobs.
How do students manage to align their own abilities and preferences with the academic and career options in the STEM world that actually match?
Our partnership with The Career Gadget
We have made a great, new friend this year that can help answer this question: The Career Gadget.
With over 150 videos about STEM careers at its core, TheCareerGadget.com delivers high-quality, multimedia content that connects students to the stimulating, rewarding, and future-proof STEM careers that are right for them.
- Highlighting particular careers, the videos feature STEM professionals talking about what they do and why they love it.
- Students, teachers, and parents can find expert guidance in plotting a pathway to the STEM major and career right for any individual student’s interests and abilities.
- Not all STEM careers require a four-year degree, so TheCareerGadget.com includes all the information students need to identify a trade field that would suit them, too.
- Users of the website can access materials in English, Spanish, and French.
How it works
The Career Gadget is a subscription-based website available to all staff members at any school that signs up. The $229 per year introductory price includes a choice of two Start Engineering publications. The website also offers teachers an option to deliver customized content within their classrooms, inside a secure online environment completely under their control.
- To test it out, sign up for two free weeks of The Career Gadget.
What you need to know when you need it
One of our favorite things about TheCareerGadget.com is the combination of breadth and specificity in information available to students about STEM and trade fields. Students can watch videos and read articles and learn about options relevant to them at the crucial moments in their schooling when they have to make big decisions about choosing a career path.
This question of timing matters because students tend to explore abilities and preferences about academic and work options in linear fashion. Without meaning to, they often pursue courses of study that lock them out of work options that would suit them better than the direction in which their schooling leads them.
In fact, research shows that the earlier students need to specialize, the worse their choices tend to be. This happens largely because students don’t have the right information at hand when they need it to help them match their abilities and preferences with appropriate school and work options.
Finding the right fit
TheCareerGadget.com offers students, teachers, and parents appropriately calibrated, relevant information, available at the key decision points in their shared journey through school and into the workforce.
In addition to the hundreds of videos and abundant guidance resources, subscribers can find:
- Scholarship, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities
- Salary, field outlooks, and qualifications for STEM and trade careers
- Teaching and learning resources for educators
- Elementary-school activities and materials geared specifically to introduce young learners to STEM and the trades
And this is just the start. Our partners at The Career Gadget have exciting plans for adding more great STEM content, including ever-increasing numbers of videos, expanded customization features, and more and more multi-lingual materials.
Please pass on this news about our partnership with The Career Gadget to interested colleagues or friends. We love the product and expect it to do great things for schools looking to make STEM and trade careers imaginable and appealing for students of all ages.
Eric Iversen is VP for Learning and Communications at Start Engineering. He has written and spoken widely on engineering education in the K-12 arena. You can write to him about this topic, especially when he gets stuff wrong, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow along on Twitter @StartEnginNow.
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