Sixty-nine parents, students, educators and industry professionals came together on the evening of October 25, 2022 to learn insights from a guest speaker panel about navigating a future career in STEM and cyber. In partnership with Northeast High School and Chesapeake High School, the FMA welcomed panel participants from Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Maryland Economic Development Corporation and NSA. Topics included current workforce needs in the region, how high school students can gain real-world experience, misconceptions about STEM in general and, ultimately, strategic tips for students to consider that will likely pay off well down the road. Both parents and students commented on how helpful it was to have access to industry professionals and educators in one event.
Questions Asked of the Panel
What are some high demand careers either specifically at your organization or in general?
Are there student programs or services available to high school students at your organization? What education programs or fields of study do you recommend for high demand careers?
From your perspective, what are some misconceptions about STEM?
From your perspective, what relevant certifications are in high demand? Where can students begin to get more familiar with any valuable certifications?
What advice would you give to high school students who are exploring career options? What are some of the skills, certifications and experiences that are important to gain over time?