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If you can guarantee one thing in this world, it is change. With change, comes adaptation, and the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is no different.
With girls and boys studying both Science and Maths in secondary school, why do women only account for 35% of STEM graduates?
In an ever changing world, with gender stereotypes being smashed down at every turn, the number of women in STEM does seem to be on the rise. Two of our Science and Maths tutors have had extensive careers in the world of science. They have taken the time to give their advice on navigating your future.
Helen Coomer (Physics Tutor) explains how STEM subjects can open doors;
“Before training as a teacher, I pursued a career as a research scientist. After completing a master’s degree, I started work as a research scientist, as I was keen to use my skills in a way that was of direct use to society. After a time, the wish to return to more fundamental research and academic challenge started to grow in me. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to complete a PhD whilst employed. STEM employers sometimes offer this potential for further study whilst working.
At school, I was advised that choosing STEM subjects would open, rather than close, doors. I found this to be true, having worked in the defence, automotive and consumer goods industries, in research, management and health and safety roles. A STEM qualification can be a key to an exciting future.”
Jules Haddock (Chemistry and Maths tutor) gives advice if contemplating which path to take in your future:
“I love science and maths with a real passion. It fascinates me to be able to explain my environment and solve problems using my wide knowledge of science and maths. I never stop reading in my subjects.
To any student reading this: I would advocate going into a job that you care about and which interests you personally (not your parent’s dreams). Try to find a career that is sustainable long term – most drug discovery has now left the UK and hence I have had to move into teaching, which I still love, but it’s important to realise that the job market is constantly evolving. Keep your options open and take every piece of training offered to you at any point in your life. STEM careers are good here because it’s such a wide field you should be able to adapt your career as your needs change.”