According to the report of the US department of commerce, the occupations of the STEM are growing at a rate of 17%. On the other hand, other occupations are growing at a rate of 9.8%. It means that after availing the STEM degrees, there are more chances of getting jobs. In order to start a STEM career, it is necessary for the students to enhance some essential skills. Some essential skills that are necessary to start a STEM career are critical thinking, analytical skills, problem-solving skills, innovative skills and customer orientation skills. Here, we will discuss five steps to improve skills before starting a STEM career.
Set A Goal: If you are going to learn something without setting a goal, your efforts are aimless. It is the best way to keep you moving in a consistent direction. Therefore, before starting your process to learn new skills, you should try to set concrete goals. After setting your goals, you should try to identify your purpose of achieving these goals. In this case, you will have to get the best STEM job opportunity. Therefore, your purpose of improving the skills should be to get the best STEM job opportunity. After setting your goals and purpose of learning new skills, you will be able to involve in the learning process voluntarily. These things will also provide you with directions to improve your skills.
Break It Down: After setting your goals and purposes to learn some specific skills, the deconstruction process will begin. Therefore, you should try to conduct enough research to master this essential skill. While conducting enough research to enhance specific skills, you should try to consider all the components that are necessary to enhance your skills. For example, if you want to improve your communication skills, you should try to break these skills into three parts. First of all, you should focus on the body language. In the body language, there come hand gestures, eye contact and walking style etc. Secondly, you will have to consider the presentation skills of the students. In the presentation skills, you will have to improve slide content, design and sequence. At last, there comes delivery. In the delivery, there come tone and style, speaking volume and speed etc.
Motivate Yourself: When you are going to learn a new skill, the first few days or weeks are the hardest period for you. During these days or weeks, if you are not able to motivate yourself to learn a new skill, there is a possibility that you will quit it. Therefore, before commencing the skill-enhancing process, you should take an overview of all the reasons that can become a cause of giving up skill enhancement process. After preparing a list of all of these reasons, you should try to consider the possible ways that will be helpful to you to motivate yourself. Under such situation, the only way that will be helpful to you to motivate yourself for the skill enhancement process is to motivate yourself that after enhancing this skill, you will be able to avail the best job opportunity.
Focus On The 20%: This principle is given by Pareto. According to Pareto, if you are doing 20% efforts, this 20 % of efforts will lead towards 80% outcomes. It means that we should try to divide the skill enhancement process into different sub-skills. For example, if you are enhancing your problem-solving skills, you will have to divide this process into three parts. First of all, you will have to understand the problem. Secondly, you will have to gather enough data for your problem. Thirdly, you will have to find out a possible solution to this problem.
Focus On One Sub-Skill At A Time: After dividing these skills into sub-skills, you should try to focus on one skill at a time. It means that you should try to learn a specific part of the skill before moving towards another part. In the above example, if we are going to learn problem-solving skills, first of all, we should learn how to understand different problems. Secondly, we should try to learn how to conduct effective research in order to gather enough data about this problem. Thirdly, we should try to learn how to find out the possible solution to this problem. These are five steps that you should take to improve your skills before starting a STEM career.