Amazon leaders visiting Amazon Future Engineer-funded high school computer science classrooms discuss gender equality and pursuing STEM careers

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Amazon leaders share STEM career advice with students

Amazon leaders share STEM career advice with students

 August 12, 2019

Amazon realizes there is still loads of opportunity ahead for its diversity and inclusion efforts and that the company needs diverse perspectives to best innovate on behalf of its customers. 

Which is why many Amazon leaders are visiting Amazon Future Engineer-funded high school computer science classrooms. These Amazon leaders are meeting with high school students and teachers to discuss the importance of gender equality and how everyone should have the chance to pursue a career in computer science and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Read some fantastic tips from Amazon leaders that they've shared with the next generation of creators and innovators.

Amazon leaders advice

Be boldly curious

"If you don’t know what something means, ask. Or better yet, dig in and learn enough about it to explain it to someone else. Struggling with something in math or science that just isn’t clicking? Spend time with someone who has mastered the challenge and be bold enough to ask for help. Everyone starts at the beginning—but not every path to mastery is the same," says Ardine Williams, Vice President of People Operations.

Amazon STEM students

Network, network, network

"One of the best ways to learn about what a STEM career is really like is to talk to people that are currently in those roles. Professional networks, career fairs, and on campus company presentations are all great ways to meet people in STEM careers. You may be surprised by the different paths that you can take with a STEM degree," explains Terri Creech, Senior Product Manager at Amazon Robotics.

Amazon women

Write down your ideas

"You may have your best ideas when you’re in high school. I’ve started a journal of product and business ideas. Once, I tried writing down five ideas a day for a week! Sometimes, I go back to the ones that I had when I was younger," advises Rovina Broomfield, Senior Product Manager and Co-founder of Textures and Hues.

Amazon advice stem students

Don’t be afraid to fail or mess up

"Sometimes you learn just as much from the projects that don’t go perfectly. These are great learning opportunities and chances for you to grow as a student," adds Belinda Worley, Senior Program Manager for Amazon Robotics.

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Follow your excitement

"Passion will drive you to dive deeper, learn more, and discover creative solutions. People will try to steer you towards certain careers, but follow subjects you’re excited by. This will make you just as successful, and happy," says Jenna Powers, Director of Recruiting Operations at Amazon.

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