If you and your child are beginning to consider career path options, the
Career Cornerstone Center can help you explore the fields of
science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare. This site provides many resources,
and an extensive interview database of
professionals working in these areas. By exploring the
experiences of these individuals you and your child may gain a better feel
for what it is like to work in a number of fields. You'll be able to
find out differences between working in large companies, small companies,
or working for yourself. You can find out more about
universities, and explore the different
types of academic degrees that are
available in the United States, including the new
Professional Science Master's degree.
your child is in middle or high school, there are many
recommendations for courses or activities you might consider that may
help you move closer to finding out which career paths may be of interest.
These include encouraging your child to get involved with
programs and projects or attend
summer STEM camps that can let them
experience science and engineering firsthand, and also participate in
teams of students with similar interests. There is even a new
section that explores online education options.
Lists of activities,
lessons, and other materials are also available on this site which
can offer more experiences for your child and ideas for extracurricular
Career planning is an ongoing process. It may involve
resources, and possibly having a mentor who
can help advise you.
Involvement in professional
associations can also be a great help, as can gaining experience
through internships or coops. This site also
provides additional support on diversity,
salary information, job
hunting suggestions, and profiles of what a
typical day in a field might be like. If you would like to
suggest additional resources you'd like to see on this site, please
let us know.