Editor’s Note: The following is Mary Ann Wolf’s “Final Word” from the Sept. 19 broadcast of Education Matters “STEM Engagement.”
Because of the age of my own children — in college and high school — I have the opportunity to hear firsthand (or at least hear) about what students are planning to do after their formal education. It has amazed me recently to appreciate how many students have a sense of what they want to do in their careers — whether to be a computer programmer, a journalist, a dentist or an engineer.
When I dig deeper, however, I quickly realize that these students who know what they want to do have something in common. They all were exposed to the possibilities of their fields early. They had a chance to understand what a job might be through many different avenues.
They had the opportunity to know enough to pursue