Two million available STEM jobs may go unfilled in the United Stated by the year 2025 due to a lack of qualified candidates. AWeber, an email marketing company, is taking steps to tackle the STEM talent shortage.
The company invites local high school, middle school, and college students to its office in Chalfont, Pa., for educational events throughout the year. "Most K-12 schools don't teach students about technology-related careers," says Chief People Officer Hope Bear. "About 76% of 11- to 17-year-old students don't understand what engineers do at work."
The events are meant to encourage students to keep an open mind and explore their passions. "By opening our doors, we're showing them that their future in tech may be in their backyard — not across the country," Bear says.
To recruit more women in tech, the company supports a number of nonprofits that provide resources for young women to grow careers and find a community of mentors and a network of tech insiders. "As members of the technology community, we need to do our part to develop talent beyond our walls at a very young age," Bear says.
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