Welcome to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Careers
“Studying science and maths unlocks a range of employment opportunities for young people across the economy. Businesses are clear that government should take further action to promote these subjects, with two thirds (64%) wanting to see more done in schools and colleges to promote their study. Young people need access to high quality, impartial careers advice grounded in information about the jobs market to allow them to make informed choices about their future career. This must include advice about the vocational routes open to them – such as apprenticeships – as well as more traditional academic options.”
Learning to grow: what employers need from education and skills (CBI, 2012)
In recent years concern about the decline in numbers of young people choosing to study and work in science, maths and engineering careers has translated into a wave of action in terms, not only of research, but of high quality resources to orchestrate change on the ground. STEM Careers brings these resources, principally The STEM Choices resource pack, together as an online learning tool. The aim is to help teachers, guidance professionals, careers co-ordinators, tutors and mentors feel confident to deliver high quality careers information, advice and guidance related to science, technology, engineering and maths learning and careers to all learners.
Where to start
To make the most of STEM careers, it is suggested that you begin by completing this short pre-course self-assessment to focus on your STEM strengths and training needs. As you work through the questions, jot down your answers, e.g. 1b, 2a etc, so that you can make the most of the feedback which will illustrate how the materials can help you move forward with your STEM learning and awareness. Keep your scores in case you want to re-visit the self assessment on completion of the STEM Careers module.
This module is divided into 3 sections: