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What type of degree would I need to be able to get the best job that would be avaliable for me in the works and job offers in STEM?

I am the type that will go for it all, if that means I can get the best possible. But with this sometimes having the best isn't the best for you, like I could have a Ph.D in something and then have someone tell me "You didn't need that to hold a job for you here." And I don't want to do that if I don't need too. #business #future-careers #education-professions #women-in-leadership #youth-leadership


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Lisa G.’s Answer

You might want to check out the website BeAnActuary (http://beanactuary.org) #beanactuary. An actuary is a business professional who evaluates risk, often in an insurance company. What a future employer is looking for and what you may want to consider is to be well rounded. Not just a math "geek", but also someone who knows how to write and think critically. There continue to be more nontraditional opportunities for actuaries because risk is so much a part of modern life. You need to be a self starter as an actuary, so you can pass the exams required to get the credentials while you are also working in a business environment. But you don't have to go to school beyond an undergraduate degree to get these credentials.

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Sharla’s Answer

Hi Brooke,


STEM covers a broad field of careers. Is there a particular aspect of STEM that you're interested in pursuing? The level of education required likely depends on the field, and type of work you want to do. Consider if you would like to be more in biological sciences, or applied. Are you more interested in technology, building/developing, or teaching in the field. Laboratory/research work, or out in the field. Narrow down the scope a bit and research jobs within your narrowed focus and see what qualifications are sought for them. Reach out to people in your desired jobs and ask if they are willing to talk with you about their path, what worked and what advice they have for you. Finally, if you're not already involved in STEM organizations for youth, women, or college students, seek these out and network with them to build an understanding of how to balance education and experience and be ready for the right opportunities. Best wishes in your endeavors.


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