Career Building STEM Workers are Diverting from STEM Careers
Experienced STEM workers who are career building are core creators of STEM organizational culture and an organization’s long-term economic sustainability. As of 2010 more than 20% of all STEM degree holders at 10 years out from graduation were diverting into a STEM-Competitor career or other career where STEM knowledge, skills, and abilities are desirable.
Women Divert from STEM Careers in High Numbers
For women, who are profoundly under-represented in most traditional STEM careers, only 12% of women undergraduates hold a STEM degree. Within two years of graduating, nearly 60% of those women have diverted to other careers. At 10 years out from graduation, the attrition for women is 75%. Only 25% of the women who graduated with a STEM degree are still working in a STEM career.
The significant diversion of experienced STEM workers is creating a troubling shortage of seasoned, highly talented staff in traditional STEM careers. Combined with Baby Boomer STEM worker retirements, our STEM worker pipeline is leaking, heavily, with losses of institutional knowledge, experience integrating theory and practical application, and long-term collaborative relationships.
Agency for Employees with Experience
We are committed to plugging this leak, so we help organizations retain their seasoned, talented STEM workers, and our consulting and coaching services include:
- One-on-one and group coaching to support recruiting and retention of women scientists, engineers, and technicians.
- Accelerated New Hire Integration® for newly hired experienced staff
- Career ownership and management.
- Employee engagement, performance and retention.
- Professional and personal development.
- Promotion preparation and transition.
- Stress and lifestyle management.