Collaborating with local communities is an integral aspect of how Takeda operates. The communities we live in also set the foundation for how students — the leaders of tomorrow — learn and grow.
Our team in Thousand Oaks recently joined forces with the Ventura County Industry Council (VCIC) — a nonprofit that supports local business and talent. Together, we welcomed high school STEM teachers into our facility to educate them on the many biotech industry opportunities available to their students post-graduation.
Why STEM teachers, specifically those working in high schools? Though we may have a wide variety of STEM-related jobs, we also realize that students don’t always think of biotech manufacturing as a potential career option when they’re sitting in science class — especially those who aren’t planning to pursue higher education immediately after graduation.
By showing what biotech offers, high school teachers can bring a new perspective to the classroom. Thanks to initiatives like these, students can take a professional journey less traveled, one that can change patient lives through meaningful work.
A long-term career can feel abstract, especially in high school. However, students interested in joining the workforce right after graduation have opportunities to start their careers right away on our team. Here, regardless of their background, new team members will enter a supportive environment prepared to train them for success.
Many teachers were especially excited about how students could start at Takeda and work their way up despite not having a college degree. Many Takeda employees, recognizing how their work can drive positive change, are then inspired to pursue higher education which opens up even more career opportunities within the company. By taking advantage of our education reimbursement, they can achieve more for themselves, and others, while continuing to move up within our organization.
“The guest panelists each brought a diverse perspective and came from unique backgrounds in their fields,” another teacher shared. “This helps me better guide my students as they prepare for college.”
By connecting with local communities, students and teachers can better understand what they can accomplish through work that makes a global impact, with a team that’s prepared to support them to their full potential.