A solid education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is often considered a dream for inquisitive minds fascinated by hands-on learning and real-world applications. STEM-related subjects prepare individuals to lead with critical thinking and innovation, while providing a variety of skill sets and career options — a valuable currency in a world that relies heavily on technology.
That said, it comes as no surprise that STEM skills are in extremely high demand and short supply. According to SHRM, employers will need to fill a reported 3.5 million STEM job openings in the market by 2025 to stay ahead of customer demands. That figure represents a sizeable challenge: for prospective talent, securing the complex skills that the market needs — and for businesses, finding and (most importantly) winning over the best of that talent.
But first things first: How do you know if a STEM career is for you?
To mark this year’s STEM Day, we asked several up-and-coming Synopsys R&D engineers about their motivations, experiences, role models, and biggest myths about a career in STEM. Their responses highlight the fact that there is no single path to a STEM career.