This year is the year I choose my major — and frankly, I still have little to no idea what to specialize in.
Through many studies at PayScale, we have found that there are fewer women entering and staying in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, even though there is more attention on the subject than ever. Because of this, we were inspired to create a scholarship that is exclusively for women heading into STEM who plan to pursue a meaningful career in those fields. Out of over 7,000 applicants, PayScale has awarded two exceptional young women a $2,000 scholarship to help them pursue their STEM education and follow their dreams. Read about each of the scholarship winners to see why they impressed us so much.
Considering how quickly the world is changing, it's actually surprising that the way kids and young adults are educated looks about the same as it has for the last 50 years or more. But just because high-school students still have their days broken down into about eight periods and store their materials in lockers, that doesn't mean that certain aspects of education haven't been updated. Actually, education is changing quite a bit in the U.S. these days, and these changes will have an impact on business and the economy in the years and decades to come. Let's take a look at a few of these shifts and consider how they'll matter in the future.
When was the last time your parents asked you for help with their computer? Maybe your father is struggling to figure out how to FaceTime with the grandkids, or your mom's computer is doing that "thing" again where it "keeps closing out of programs." Whatever the problem, one thing is for sure: your older relatives are sure you can fix it. It seems to be a given that almost any kid — and even your 5-year-old — can help the older generation with any given technology snafu. But it turns out, that doesn't translate into wanting a career in information technology.
There's no reason to beat around the bush or sugarcoat it: STEM has a woman problem and it has for a while now. However, here's a bit of good news: Stanford University recently announced that, for the first time in the university's history, computer science is the top major for female students this year. Yeah, you read that right.
There's a lot of bad news out there, and we seem to love to talk about it. In fact, sometimes we make things out to be a lot worse than they are. As Nicholas Kristof recently pointed out, our current political climate causes us to ignore the positive strides the world is making every day. In that light, let's take this opportunity to laud a shining example of corporate philanthropy in a place you probably wouldn't expect it: a naughty card game.
They say it takes a village to raise a baby, but what happens when mom and dad have to leave the village and return to work? Making the transition from "new parents" to "new parents who also have to work a full-time jobs" is no easy feat, and many new parents find it so difficult and costly that one chooses to put their career on hold to be the primary caregiver instead. Wouldn't it be nice if companies offered perks that helped make the transition for working parents a tad bit easier? Believe it or not, some companies do. Here is a list of the five incredible perks for working parents and the companies that so graciously offer them.
Recent studies show that a vast majority of female students are interested enough in tech to study it in college, however, the number of women in tech careers doesn't reflect that – not even by a long shot. Let's take a look at why so many women fall off the tech career path before even choosing a major.
It's a fact. Women are more likely to discuss health issues than financial matters, but the reason why isn't as obvious as you may think. Yes, women tend to be more open about personal stuff than men, but the reason they refrain from money talks is because they feel insecure about their "lack of financial knowledge and experience," and don't know "where to turn for guidance," says a recent study. Let's take a look at four factors that contribute to the financial insecurities that are unique to women in their careers.
There's no doubt that advanced technology is the future, but just because studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) can lead to lucrative careers, doesn't mean that business no longer has any use for the humanities. We'll take a look at why society's obsession with STEM is blinding us to the importance of the more human side of business now and in the future.