Chances are that while you’ve been researching what to study during your undergraduate degree, you must have come across the word ‘STEM’. A vast term, STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics and encompasses broad disciplines such as computer science, engineering, information technology, natural sciences and more. Each of these disciplines can be further broken down into specific majors. For example, when studying ‘engineering’, you could study mechanical, chemical, environmental and biomedical engineering, among others.
With so many options available, it is only natural that deciding on a specific major can be difficult as you may feel like you are being pigeonholed into a particular career. However, as STEM covers numerous fields, it can open the door to multiple career options, some of which may not even be directly related to your major. For example, if you study ‘science’, it is not necessary that your career options will revolve around a laboratory or research. You could branch out and work in almost any industry.
This was the case for Namita Mehta, President at The Red Pen, who graduated from the University of Oxford with a master’s degree in Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry. When she moved to India, she used her critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills to set up the University Guidance Department at the B.D. Somani International School before moving to The Red Pen.
The future of work is constantly evolving and as such, many industries are now open to hiring candidates with STEM backgrounds. In this article, Bloomberg mentioned that according to popular hiring sites, candidates with a background in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science are in-demand in financial institutions.
Below are some industries and functions that you can consider as a STEM graduate.