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Advancements in STEM have created a vast array of career opportunities. Traditional career paths where one works for 20 years in the same company, retiring with a glow of loyalty and a retirement check, are lesser heard of these days. The Y-Generation is more enticed by riskier job offers and is ready to hunt down careers that are new, unique, and have less-defined hierarchical growth paths.
As a scientist in the life sciences, I am always curious to find how I can shape my career into one that is able to meet my scientific aspirations, personality, and desire to bring out social change, so meeting Dr. Shirin Mojarad, organizer of the Data Scientist Meetup event at McGraw-Hill Education, was a great chance at finding out about one of the most talked-about career paths for scientists. During the networking session, I chatted with Shirin to find out more about what it takes to become a Data Scientist, how one can enter this industry, and what’s actually out there to help individuals interested in this field to develop their skill sets.
Public speaking is not a usual part of the science curriculum, despite the many group meetings and conference presentations that students—and employed scientists!—need to do. Standing and speaking in front of an audience can be overwhelming, even for a naturally good speaker. When I was in high school, I was terrified of presenting, but after attending lots of conferences, making my own presentations, and a year’s membership in the Toastmasters (a communication and leadership development group), I learned that being a good speaker is not difficult, and anyone can learn how to do it. Here are some useful tips that I learned: