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“The best ideas can happen when different views come together and all voices are heard and respected.” Deloitte, an industry leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services not only supports this value, but is currently enacting it in a real, practical way. Click here to learn about Deloitte’s partnership with the organization Girls Who Code to support women engaging in STEM careers and STEM activities. Join the movement. Watch this video to learn how you too can partner with this phenomenal organization to make a positive difference in, and for, your company.

“I would say one of the most important skills to learn in order to succeed in graduate school is self-directed learning,” explains Ian Mclean. As a biomedical engineer and researcher, Ian has had to gain expertise in many different STEM fields to be successful in his research that he hopes will “lead to more accurate drug-testing and personalized medicine for patients”. Ian states that if you’re a resourceful and independent individual, a career in scientific research may be a great fit for you! Read more of his interview to find out why…

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Reaching a fulfilling career often looks entirely different for different people; there is no perfectly developed step-by-step process to guarantee each person finds their success. The good news: you never know what person or experience will lead you closer to a meaningful career. For Jasmine, paying attention to her reactions abroad led her to her dream career creating low-cost medical devices that can be easily implemented in areas with limited access to medical resources. Read more of her interview to see how she discovered and is living out her purpose in the lab each day.

Paying attention to little hints are often what sparks movement towards crafting a fulfilling career. What is a time when you experienced a need in the world you wanted to better? What are some ways you can use your strengths to make a difference today?

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If you would have told undergraduate Zach that in 5 years he would be developing a field he never knew existed – he would have laughed at his unforeseeable future! Like many people, Zach’s career trajectory was not one defining moment where he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Instead, his path consisted of a series of small steps leading him towards his present research in computational biology.

Zach’s experience is not uncommon as this is how most professionals will report their career development – a series of exploring, welcoming opportunities, paying attention to clues, and taking action. Read Zach’s career story and see if you can identify the clues and experiences that played important roles in his evolving career course. What are some clues that you can spot in your own career development? After recognizing these clues in your own life, what actions can you take to further explore these possibilities?

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It is no secret that graduate school requires an immense amount of hard work and dedication. In his interview, Dylan Jensen, a second year in CSU’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department, describes some major differences between his undergrad and graduate school experiences. In particular, Dylan suggests that graduate school can often be “a complete shakeup” for many students who aren’t used to getting anything below straight A’s and B’s.

So how do graduate students find the drive to keep going? “If the project inspires you, the excitement of being on the cutting edge will help all of the other trials and tribulations of graduate school seem worth it.” Read more about Dylan’s passion for research and see if you too are up for this challenging, fulfilling work!

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Staying on the cutting-edge of scientific research requires an awareness of how our world is constantly changing. People are living longer, technology is at our fingertips, and our climate system is changing at a pace we have never seen before. Thankfully, researchers like Shea Moore-Farrell are working daily to learn more about earth’s changing environments and reach innovative solutions to scientific problems of our future. Read more to learn about how Shea’s research will help improve energy and food sustainability despite earth’s fluctuating resources.

Not only is it imperative to learn how our world is changing to develop new technologies to adapt to these changes, it is also important to consider when discerning your career path. “Think about what kinds of jobs will be available in the next 5-10 years, and try to figure out how your interests can align with those”, Shea recommends. Read Shea’s full interview to learn about how staying on top of the changing patterns in our world secured his research, as well as how it can help you strategically plan your own education and job trajectory.

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What do humans, culture, science and technology all have in common? Answer: They are all constantly evolving! In fact, there’s a whole field of research dedicated to understanding the underlying principles for how things change over time. Jessica Warren, a researcher in CSU’s molecular evolution lab describes the importance of researching this topic in her quote, “understanding the molecular basis for how organisms change over time will provide some of the most fascinating and useful advances in science in this century”. Read more of Jessica’s interview for tips about how you can best prepare for your entry into this competitive and always changing field of study.

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Taking courses and getting involved in opportunities outside of your specific major of choice is a great way to explore and shape your own professional niche. “While working towards my undergraduate biology degree, I met a lot of other students who really struggled with the math in their classes.  I realized that being passionate about both areas gave me unique opportunities”. Read more about how Shannon combines her two passions to develop her unique role on a university research team where she thrives.

What are potential areas of interest that you get excited about? How can you find ways to combine these interests in your future career to set yourself as a distinct, irreplaceable member of a team?

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