STEM Careers- Science

If you’re interested in science — which is, of course, the ‘S’ in STEM — you have a wide range of career options. You might decide to work in agriculture and animal sciences, environmental or earth science, biology, physics, chemistry or even medicine.

If you earn a degree in science, you may even start off in one kind of job and end up working somewhere else altogether. In the video below, Kim Byelick talks about how her interest in science developed and then led her to a job at Symantec, a company that helps people and businesses protect and store digital information. You may have heard of their Norton products, which include Internet security programs and other protection for computer and mobile users.

Have you given some thought to a career related to science? We have some helpful information below (and on the following page) for you to consider. But first, watch the video above to learn more about Byelick’s education and career path.

Need to Know Info:

— Name: Kim Byelick
— Title: Senior Principal Program Manager
— Company: Symantec
— College/Degree: Cornell University, Bachelor of Science
— Major: Biology & Society
— Advice for Boys & Girls Club teens:

— In high school, take as many science and math courses as possible, including Advanced Placement courses that are available.
— Don’t neglect your English coursework — having strong writing and communication skills is valuable in every field. Reading is also important for students interested in science.
— In college, whatever you choose to study, be sure to take classes in systems management and computer programming and design.
— Says Byelick: “Whether it is an ecosystem that includes oceans and marine pollutants or a computer system that prevents spam and virus, everything is connected, communicates with each other, impacts each other and needs to work together.”


A Day In the Office with Kim Byelick

9 – 11 a.m.: Worldwide product team meetings begin. Connect with other employees from Minnesota, California, Oregon and India to check in on the status of various projects.

11 a.m.: Detailed review of one of the projects that was discussed at the earlier morning meetings. Make sure the project is on target to hit milestones.

12 p.m.: Lunch break.

1 p.m.: Coordinate the release of new products with other colleagues.

2 p.m.: Working collaboratively with a partner, find a way to enhance the functionality of Symantec’s existing products.

3 p.m.: Connect with team members to check in on the status of projects and discuss next steps.

4 p.m.: Monthly review of all projects with about 50 people from across the organization. Project details that are discussed include resources, risks and mitigation, teams, legal and trade compliance.




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