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Perhaps your career path is paved with big data. Steve Johnson

Big data jobs are out there – are you ready?

Most industries tap into big data these days – meaning more and more jobs are opening up in this field. Here's some background on the skills and qualities you'd use as a modern big data professional.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful. Woman image via

What fewer women in STEM means for their mental health

Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
Believing “math isn’t for everyone” may steer kids away from tackling the challenge. susanrm8

Beliefs about innate talent may dissuade students from STEM

Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.
Shorten is right to see the importance in science, technology and maths, but his policies don’t have proven efficacy. AAP/Lucas Coch

Labor’s plans for science, technology, maths education well-meaning but misguided

A heavy focus of Bill Shorten's budget reply speech was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While this focus is a step in the right direction, the policies probably aren't the right way to go about it.
One study found women twice as likely to be chosen for tenure-track STEM jobs. White coats image via

Some good news about hiring women in STEM doesn’t erase sex bias issue

Figuring out points along the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pipeline where women are doing ok can help focus efforts to improve sex ratios where they can make a difference.
We prefer experimenting on our food, rather than cooking it. Neil Munns/PA Archive

Girls are kept out of science jobs by unhelpful stereotypes

The number of girls taking A-level physics has remained stagnant for the past 20 years or more, and the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU. Progress on gender equality in science…
Resources are dwindling and the focus lies firmly on utility. @boetter

Arts and minds: the humanities are as vital as science

The Coalition’s pre-election condemnation of ARC research funding in certain areas of the arts as “ridiculous” and a waste of taxpayer dollars has left those of us working in this field feeling under pressure…

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