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What is the most important skill to have for careers in STEM?

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Katelyn’s Answer

Curiosity, passion, and as a woman, a lot of grit. In school there was a lot of preaching about how discrimination against women in tech was a thing of the past, but it is not, and you have to be tough to deal with it day in and out. You will often be the only woman on your team, and you will have to fight to command their respect.

In STEM you have to stay on top of current trends, technology changes so fast. This is where curiosity and passion come into play. In every interview you will be tested on things you learned in college up to the technology that came out yesterday.

All of this is not meant to discourage you but to give you a better idea of what it takes to be successful.
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Robert’s Answer

I would say that being able to network is an important key. The more people you get to know the more opportunities will present themselves to you. It’s not always what you know; it’s who you know. If someone has the same skills as you, they will pick you if they know you over the other person.
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Andrew’s Answer

Its not exactly a skill, but I think you have to love the science or technology that you are working with. I have been in IT since the 1980s. I have seen a lot of people who picked IT in a professional way. Something they could do and make money doing. Nothing wrong with that and many moved on to successful careers in related fields. But if you want to have a career in STEM, you have to be passionate about technical aspects of the job.
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Kathleen’s Answer

Intellectual curiosity is so important in STEM careers! Asking good questions is the best way to learn, and being interested to learn more about a topic can often lead to other "aha" moments. Also, raising your hand and expressing your interest in a project, idea, new role, etc. can really pave the way for an interesting career.
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Richard’s Answer

Study skills by far!
All STEM careers will generally require a lifetime of curiosity and learning.
Im approaching 61 years old and STILL study every day.

RIch "in God we trust... all others bring data" Wolf
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