Posts Tagged ‘STEM Training’

STEM Career Viability – Where’s the Beef?

March 22, 2014

STEM education programs are hot…

OK, so we’ve woken up to the fact that we are falling behind in science and technology.  Almost everyone is making a massive fuss over STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  In higher education circles, it seems like everyone is climbing onto the STEM bandwagon.  It seems like almost everyday I hear about a new STEM program.  Some campuses are even building  STEM centers.

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The feasibility factor – when a wage-mismatch stifles STEM…

February 18, 2014

In a recent post, Jared Bernstein gave voice to an issue that I have long been concerned about:  the feasibility of many STEM career tracks.  With all the hand-wringing about STEM, the facts surrounding wage stagnation and even depression are being blithely ignored. Everyone is bemoaning the so-called “skills-mismatch” without considering whether the salaries being offered are commensurate or even doable given the required years and cost of training for these careers.  Education is expensive and the “numbers” have to work for people to even bother entering certain career tracks.

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But What Happens to Excellence…?

February 12, 2013

Recently, The New York Times had a series of essays about being over 50 and out of work.  The “Older and Out Of Work” series fell well short of what I imagine to be the standards of the New York Times.  They offered the familiar bromides to those who are older and out of work including “upgrading your skills” ($$$) by “reinventing yourself”.  Start your own business – risky and even more ($$$).  Impractical as it was superficial many of the experiences of the respondents over 50 – helped set the record straight.

But more to the point of this blog was a common thread that ran through the entire series.  That thread was that job skills are as transient and fleeting as the latest fad.  Gangnam Style may be all the  rage now – but does anyone expect it to remain on the top of the charts for the next year?  That’s to be expected in the popular music industry.  But this sort of transience is now being applied to job skills – and that’s alarming.

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