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Rochester In Focus: 2020 RIT graduate discusses STEM job market

Emily Putnam
Updated: May 24, 2020 10:26 AM
Created: May 24, 2020 10:00 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For 2020 graduates the future may seem daunting, especially for those entering the job market. Alyssa Owens is one of those graduates, and she's also one of the first four women to graduate with a PhD in engineering from RIT this year. 

As she and her classmates begin to hunt for jobs in a turbulent and uncertain economic environment, she has some concerns about what the future holds. She says while some STEM jobs can currently be done from home (especially if they're more analytical or computer-based in nature), most jobs that require lab work cannot. 

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When asked what advice she has for young people who are interested in pursuing a STEM field, she says it's important to build a solid support network, understand that it's going to be difficult, get involved in organizations that align with your STEM interests, and take it one step at a time. 


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