OJT Bootcamp: Developing STEM Professionals the Right Way
TimeThursday, September 162:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
DescriptionThe modern STEM workforce consists of professionals spanning a very broad spectrum of skills from a long list of disciplines that are often not traditionally tied to one’s job. Despite the strong demand to create teams possessing a diversity of skills to tackle challenging problems, it can still be difficult for employers to hire the “ideal” candidate who has it all, particularly since “having it all” can come in many forms and often requires attaining lots of prior relevant experience. Even when educational backgrounds are directly related to one’s job duties, academic training is rarely sufficient to adequately prepare new employees to immediately thrive in their new STEM work experience. As a consequence, employers are often found in a situation where they must develop their employees into the unicorn they desire, yet their approach is often ad hoc, inconsistent, and sometimes ineffective. This is especially true when hosting internships when there is minimal time available to train interns quickly enough to position them to add real value to the organization during their short tenure. Despite these challenges, employers can host meaningful On-The-Job (OJT) experiences that benefit both the organization and the STEM employee at any skill level when a deliberate approach is taken. In this talk, we look at some core technical qualifications to consider when developing STEM leaders, then present a process for organizing and executing holistic OJT experiences that incorporate opportunities to develop those technical leadership skills while also making significant contributions to their organizations.
Applied Research Mathematician/Technical Director