In August, Sustineo’s Executive Manager – Research, Tom Sloan, participated as part of the Australian National University Open Day to discuss careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Joining other panellists from research, government and consulting backgrounds, Tom reflected on his work in coordinating inter-disciplinary research projects and highlighted the critical importance of being able to integrate information from natural and social sciences in a clear and coherent way.
An alumnus of the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Tom reflected that his degree – a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) – helped him understand the importance of embracing complexity, the need to draw on diverse disciplinary approaches to problems, and helped develop a skillset to understand, integrate and synthesise information.
While the panel demonstrated the diverse career paths that university students studying science can look forward to, it also highlighted the importance of students following their interests and passions. As Tom reflected, if you are lucky you can also pursue your interests and passions in your professional life, as he is doing through his work with Sustineo.