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If I am a STEM major, can I expect to be picky when choosing a job after college?

In other words, is it likely that I will have a choice as to where I want to work? I am aware that the STEM fields are in a period of growth, so more and more jobs are being created. I dread the thought of being stuck in a career that I do not enjoy, and would like to have the ability to work somewhere I feel happy and comfortable. My intended major is computer science, and my ideal career would involve entertainment somehow. I know that recruiters come to some schools, but does this guarantee a job? #computer-science #career #stem #entertainment

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Remigio’s Answer

Fresh out of college I don't think anyone should be picky when looking for a job. Once you get experience in your field then that when you become a valuable asset to any company that is looking to hire you.

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Joanne’s Answer

Hi!


Nothing guarantees a job . however .. work smart (not necessarily hard, but smart).


When I graduated college, I was offered a job right on the corner of the campus by another company. Basically, I didn't leave that college neighborhood for an additional 5 years.


While in school ..



  1. internships .. experience ... try to get as much as you can

  2. activities .. college is a wonderworld of clubs and activities. Keep tasting them until you find something you like

  3. network .. you never know if the guy down the aisle could have the dream job just waiting for you

  4. work smart ... do well in school and work with integrity.


I can almost guarantee that the opportunities to graduates now will be very different than the opportunities for graduates when you finish school.

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Jeff’s Answer

Hi Christopher.


This is a great question! I guarantee that at least 75% of your fellow students have the same exact fear, that when they finally graduate there won't be any jobs in their field. There are absolutely no guarantees in life but you are in a great position. Technology jobs are currently in very high demand and are predicted to grow significantly. However, what's hot today is not what will be hot in a few years. Be adaptable and willing to learn. Focus on new technologies. Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and security are incredibly hot at the moment. I expect only security will still be hot in 10 years as technology shifts.


Do some research on technology in entertainment. There are lots of entertainment companies that survive on technology. Try to connect via LinkedIn, with some folks at Pixar or other companies and see if they would be willing to answer a few questions. Ask them what their job entails and which classes they recommend you take.


Best of luck!


Jeff

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Anthony V.’s Answer

Start looking into Film and Sound editing. (Look online- see if Film and Television Studios that offer classes or an internship for what you seek. For now: The higher the degree, the better. PS: Your college days are the foundation of your 'business network.' Where are you enrolled in school? Look into USC, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon and NYU to take your skills into the entertainment field. That would make good use of your skill set. Also 'Animation' via computers.(SONY, Disney, Pixar....) Also, The production/Management side is always in need of your skills. Best of luck. AC

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