Recent research by Science Foundation Ireland found that 88% of people think science is an important subject to study at school and 9 out of 10 people surveyed agreed young people’s interest in STEM is essential for our future prosperity.
With the recent increase in demand for STEM courses at third level in Ireland and a subsequent increase in points, it is more important than ever for young people to have access to information about alternative routes and role models that can inspire and motivate them to consider working in these areas in the future.
This is particularly relevant if we are to see greater participation by females and students from lower-economic backgrounds.
Smart Futures is a government-industry programme providing information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for second-level students and their guidance counsellors.
It is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with the Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme and is supported by over 50 organisations across the country.
Guidance counsellors are encouraged to register for free career talks from over 1,500 volunteers from STEM-related industry and research centres nationwide. Volunteers from a wide diversity of backgrounds can share their career insights and give a first- hand account of what it’s really like to work in science, tech and engineering, demonstrating how these career paths can make a major difference to our society.
They can also help inform students about FET and apprenticeship routes, as well as more traditional routes via higher education. Teachers can register here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.Smartfutures.ie for STEM career stories, videos, infographics and other teacher resources.