Monday, January 27, 2014

With a Shortage of STEM Graduates, Accenture Hopes to Grab Them Early

Accenture has been a BDPA corporate sponsor over the past two years. They recognize that BDPA provides an excellent resource as they recruit diverse information technology talent via our career fair or job board.

2012 report by President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated,
Economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade. … Currently the United States graduates about 300,000 bachelor and associate degrees in STEM fields annually. Fewer than 40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree.”
The stats above should go a long way toward explaining why Accenture is launching a global mentor program for college students majoring in STEM-related fields. The consultancy, which does a load of algorithmic-dependent work for clients, wants to grab students when they’re young, help shape their professional and leadership development, and, obviously, feed its own need for tech talent. Accenture’s Future Technology Leaders program is aimed at first- and second-year undergraduate students, offering them career guidance, networking opportunities, and a senior executive as a mentor. The goal is to have 400 students in the program by year’s end, with 1,600 students within four years.

Read the rest of the Bloomberg Businessweek article.
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