Reimagining STEM Workforce Development as a Braided River
Career prospects for trainees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are growing, but today’s opportunities are not always like the traditional science careers of the past. Individuals move in and out of roles and positions in which they consult, start businesses, and hold jobs across disciplines and sectors. People take many paths through school and weave careers around an assortment of circumstances, such as rearing families, serving in the military or volunteer corps, fulfilling caregiving responsibilities, or reengaging with formal education. These experiences bring new ideas that are more creative, practical, and interdisciplinary solutions to science.
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