What is a STEM related career?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, so as you can imagine this is a very wide area of work with lots of choices. Current popular STEM careers are: Research Scientist, Engineer, Software Developer, Medical Technologist.

To pursue a career in STEM you need to have a good knowledge of your subject, together with a variety of skills and qualities. You require determination and ingenuity and will often be required to work in a team on projects. You will also have to have the ability to apply your knowledge in creative ways to solve problems. A career in STEM can really make a difference. Click here  to find out how.

Why study STEM?

As a careers adviser part of my role is to ensure that I'm advising young people to head into careers where there will be jobs for them in the future. Many jobs that we are aware of now will soon be taken over by new technology that has been developed by people who work in STEM.

STEM is a safe area to consider as a pathway for the future as jobs in this field are rising rather than depleting.
If you have the following qualities along with good subject knowledge, then perhaps STEM is for you?

  • A curious, inquisitive mind
  • A good problem solver
  • Enjoy developing ideas
  • Practical
  • Innovative thinker
  • Persistent
  • Good at planning
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail

You can study a degree in STEM and it keeps your options open for your future career. A degree in STEM is held in high regard by employers.

There are a variety of universities that specialise in certain STEM related fields. To find out more about your particular subject of interest and where it would be best to study this click here to search for STEM courses and read their helpful article all about studying STEM here.

Alternatives to studying STEM at University

Having spoken with many STEM employers, it has become apparent that because these are quite vocational areas, employers do sometimes prefer you to have a higher apprenticeship rather than a degree.

If you want to check which pathway would be best for your particular career idea, find companies you are interested in working for and contact their recruitment or HR department to speak with them about what they are looking for when they recruit new staff.

Many companies want to train you directly and do not require you to have a degree to start the training process. Entry requirements into STEM careers can vary, so be sure to check what you need to access a particular pathway. Use the National Careers Service website to find out more about entry requirements into STEM jobs. 

Challenging gender stereotypes within STEM

Good news! More and more women are entering into STEM careers, however they're still in a minority. We do know, however, that since 2012 girls are doing better at STEM related subjects in their GCSEs and there has been a push to encourage females into this field of work.

Useful Links

Excellent safe, reliable and worthwhile websites to help students interested in STEM careers are;