The United States Embassy in Georgetown this month hosted a career guidance seminar themed “Launching your global career with STEM” at the Theatre Guild in celebration of International Education Week.
According to a US Embassy press release, this year’s International Education Week was held under the theme “Access for All,” however, the seminar was geared at sharing information with Guyanese while simultaneously encouraging them to pursue careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.)
The seminar which was opened by Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam, featured displays of innovative science and technology projects from the students of Queen’s College and Richard Ishmael Secondary. In addition to which, several professionals with careers in STEM shared their experiences, namely: geologist and Venture Operations Manager, Exxon Mobil, David Puls; UG math instructor and US Fulbright scholar, Jennifer Hoyte; and retired engineer and consultant, Joseph Holder.
The embassy also shared information on the student visa application process for persons desirous of pursuing studies in the United States of America. According to statistics from the US Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs, there are 974,926 international students pursuing studies in the United States for the 2014/15 academic year, an increase of 10% and of that figure, 230 are Guyanese.
There is also an ‘American Spot’ at the National Library and the University of Guyana where the US Embassy has provided year round resources for persons interested in pursuing university studies in the US.
Further, the US Embassy said, it is committed to continue working with potential students to guide them with the admissions, visa, and financial information they need in order to successfully prepare and apply for study in the United States.