By the year 2030, up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs to automation, according to the BBC, and future jobs will be focused on knowledge, creation and innovation thus increasing opportunities for STEM graduates.
STEM is an acronym referring to the broad group of subjects which focus on science, technological fields, engineering disciplines and mathematics. Courses that fall under the STEM description range from aerospace engineering to biochemistry and computer science to mathematics, just to name a few.
Within these subject areas, as well as many others, there are different degree possibilities including certificate programs, two-year associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Most Aiglon graduates earn bachelor’s degrees choosing between a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA), however, students who study STEM subjects typically earn a BSc. A BSc is known to be the more rigorous degree regarding maths and sciences and a BA is usually more theoretical and includes social science and humanities classes. Science BA degrees are seen more frequently at liberal arts colleges than at research universities and technical institutions.
According to study.com, STEM education now integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate classes into all subjects and an emphasis has been placed on students’ ability to apply that knowledge to real-life situations. For example, lessons in STEM classes are often project-based learning and focus on finding a solution to real-world problems. STEM education is not only for students who love science and math; it is suitable to anyone who is passionate about the world around them, creative, curious, innovative, and eager to be challenged (as well as employed).
Currently, employment opportunities for STEM graduates range from technicians to actual rocket scientists; graduates often progress towards rather obvious careers, for example, an aerospace engineer is likely to work for aircraft designers. However, STEM graduates may also pursue careers in agricultural industries, movie special effects, or even sustainable fashion and designing technical athletic-wear. As machines take over human tasks and society becomes more reliant on technology, people take advantage of having more time to explore, experiment and find interesting solutions to complex problems in today’s world.
Over the past four years, Aiglon graduates have enrolled around the globe at various universities to pursue STEM studies including University of California San Diego, Stanford University, Embry Riddle University, Oberlin College, University of Notre Dame, Florida Institute of Technology, Boston University - College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, University College London, AA School of Architecture, London School of Economics, University of Bologna (IT), University College Utrecht (NL), Carl Benz School of Engineering (DE), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology (TH) and New York University Abu Dhabi.
As the next generation moves into the workforce, more professionals will be needed to occupy the STEM-related positions of the future. It is therefore important that STEM education programmes and degrees become a high-priority for today’s youth. All students, especially females and minorities, should be encouraged to discover, embrace and become at ease with these subjects. After all, like it or not, STEM subjects are becoming ever-present in our daily lives.
About Edith Miletto
Mrs Miletto is Assistant Director in Aiglon's College & Careers Department. Edi grew up in North Carolina, USA before moving to Switzerland in 2003. She is a member of the International Association for College Admission Counselling (ACAC) as well as CIS and SGIS. Edi regularly visits university campuses around the world in order to help Aiglon students.