STEM: It’s not the solution to everything

Dawn Bennett

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Linking higher education funding to a single industry is not in the interest of Australia’s future.

Here are the facts.

Australians have about seven different careers and 17 different jobs over their lifetime. Over 15 per cent of Australians work more than one job. Two million Australians change careers every year and the same number are self-employed.

Do we work in the discipline we studied? Only sometimes. Australia’s top CEOs are more likely to have a science degree than one in commerce. And Fortune 100 CEOs are as likely to hold a BA or BSc as they are to have a business degree. We change work and apply our expertise in line with demand, interest and expertise. Few careers are solely in STEM, the arts or anything else.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCampus Morning Mail: Hard Facts and Insider Analysis from Stephen Matchett
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes


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