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October 15, 2021

Kathryn Kodama, IBM

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
 
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
 
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title: 

Software Developer, IBM Cloud and Cognitive

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

open up a bookstore or be most likely to procrastinate

The skills I rely on most in my role:

Critical thinking & problem solving, innovation, self-directed learning

Q: Do you have any advice for girls who are interested in STEM careers in the future?

My advice for girls who are interested in STEM careers in the future is to get involved. Gaining experience in STEM fields throughout high school will both set you apart from other candidates when applying for post-secondary education and give you an idea of which aspects of STEM you are interested in pursuing.
 
Look for a club at your school or within your community, like a robotics, coding or gaming club. If a club doesn’t exist, start your own! Look for volunteer opportunities available to high school students, such as volunteering at a local hospital, in a research lab or at a summer coding camp. Getting involved with also connect with you with mentors who have experience working in the STEM industry. Finally, have fun! Follow opportunities that align with your interests and passions!
 
 
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