Celebrating STEM Awareness Day: Empowering young and diverse tech enthusiasts for the future
What is STEM Awareness Day?
STEM Awareness Day is dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM Day aims to inspire more people into STEM-related careers.
This day has been celebrated on November 8th, as a nod to the word “innovate” which stands at the core of this day.
Why celebrate STEM Awareness Day?
The industry is faced with multiple challenges, and STEM Awareness Day plays a role in palliating these. Let’s dive into why it’s important to celebrate this day:
1. Bridging the skills shortages and gap
As STEM specialists are heading into retirement, the industry is facing skills shortages which is not a desirable outcome as the demand for STEM professionals continues to grow in an ever-evolving technological landscape.
STEM Awareness Day is a reminder to keep inspiring and encouraging the next generation of professionals into these careers. By doing so, we can help close this gap and ensure that the tech industry remains innovative and competitive.
2. Fostering innovation
STEM professionals are at the forefront of innovation. Their work leads to groundbreaking discoveries, transformative technologies, and revolutionary solutions to complex problems. By raising awareness about STEM fields, we can inspire more individuals to join the ranks of innovators and contribute to the ongoing development of society.
3. Diversity and inclusion
Promoting STEM awareness is not only about encouraging more people to pursue these fields but also about making sure that diversity and inclusion take centre stage, as it might not have been the case in the past. At Dexory, we believe a diverse range of perspectives and experiences leads to more creative and comprehensive solutions. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment and supporting underrepresented groups in STEM. We recently issued our DEI statement here.
Why is this day important for Dexory?
As a robotics and business intelligence company, we want to encourage any individuals who are interested in a career in STEM. Our team is composed of talented experts in the engineering industry from software, robotics, and electronics to build the best solutions.
Dexory is growing, and the team is looking for passionate people who want to make a difference. We are currently recruiting in various areas of STEM. See our job openings here.
Considering a career in STEM ? Take it from the people at Dexory
Adrian, CTO and Co-founder:
"As a CTO, and a co-founder of Dexory, I can say with confidence that going into STEM unlocks incredible opportunities. My experience and academic knowledge in full-stack engineering is what enabled me to bring the Dexory vision to life. For anybody wanting to join the world of STEM, I would say: it is fascinating, and the only limit is your imagination."
Louise, Head of Engineering (software):
"When I graduated from university with my degree in Mathematics and Physics, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do next. I explored various potential career options, but nothing seemed to truly appeal to me. One of my initial roles was as an Advertising Administrator, which wasn't exactly on my ideal career path. However, the people and the company I worked for helped me grow in my role. This experience enabled me to transition into project management and, eventually, to work with software development teams to deliver projects.
Since then, I have moved around but have always remained within the STEM industry. It's a fascinating world with endless learning opportunities and challenges. I've often found that people in the industry are deeply passionate about what they do and enjoy having fun while doing it!
I would wholeheartedly recommend a career in STEM. If you're struggling to find the exact role you want, consider exploring alternative routes into the company or industry you're interested in. Often, landing in the right company with supportive colleagues can be a key factor in shaping and advancing your career."
AJ, Robotics Engineering:
"I’ve graduated from my Master’s degree in Robotics and AI fairly recently and the courses have been great, but practical experience is the best! I’m getting the opportunity to learn from experts who have been in the field for a long time, and it’s really broadening my understanding of robotics. So, if you’re not afraid to make mistakes, and keen to learn a lot, STEM is totally for you! And you’ll get to do cool things like building robots and machines."
Mal, Software Engineer
“You could be helping shape the future of society!
Robotics requires people with skills, experience and interests in a huge number of disciplines meaning a lot of people in the industry are non-specialists. As a result, those starting out in the industry are exposed to numerous disciplines allowing them to try different aspects of engineering. These disciplines range from electronics, software, mechanical engineering, machine learning, production and more. For those not sure what they want to do within the engineering industry, I couldn’t think of a better place to start than the robotics industry.”
Read Mal’s full interview with We Are Tech Women talking about Why you should consider a career in robotics.