A robotics engineer encourages young students to pursue careers in STEM
Colleen McCann, a project manager at a robotics company wants to encourage students to pursue their passion in STEM (Science Technology, Math and Engineering). Since 1990, employment in STEM occupations has grown 79% in the US, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million but it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. One of the ways to help fill these gaps is through programs committed to promoting STEM in the K-12 classroom. This helps to spark students’ interest in STEM and encourage the development of foundational skills needed to pursue STEM careers.
Don’t shy away from the challenge
Growing up, McCann loved working with her hands and later found her passion in the robotics industry. “I always wanted a challenge” she said; that is what she loves so much about her job, as well as being surrounded by a fun and knowledgeable team that helps her to come up with new and innovative solutions . “I really enjoy coming up against something that you might not understand, but you find solutions and ways around and then you just solve problems.”
Love what you do
It’s role models like McCann that are showing everyone who is interested in pursuing careers in STEM to persevere through the challenges and pursue their passion. McCann says “Figure out what it is you are passionate about… and go after it. Just keep pursuing it.” Her advice to anyone pursuing a career in STEM is to stick with it even through the challenging or difficult times and to never stop learning. McCann’s drive and perseverance should be an inspiration to everyone pursuing careers in STEM. It’s women like Colleen McCann who are helping to facilitate the new wave of change in STEM.
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