WHAT IS STEM?
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is
everywhere. Our homes and neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces, health, family
and friends are all shaped by science and technological innovations.
If you like working with numbers, solving problems or
thinking analytically, you've got what it takes to pursue a career in STEM. Studying and working in STEM means learning
about the world around you, facing real-world challenges, seeking innovative
solutions, and playing a part in some of the country's major discoveries and developments.
You will learn a range of technical skills and knowledge specific to your
industry, as well as generic skills and ways of thinking that you can use in
just about any occupation, such as problem-solving, critical thinking and
communication. You might find yourself researching artificial intelligence, helping
businesses grow, developing mobile apps, planning your city's roads and structures,
curing sick animals or producing life-saving medicines.
There are STEM occupations to suit all interests, skill sets
and qualification levels. It's up to you to determine which interests you'd
like to pursue, which skills you like using and what you'd like to study.
Whether you want to complete on-the-job training, study a bachelor degree or
take on postgraduate research, there's a STEM option for you.
HOW CAN YOU GET STARTED IN STEM?
Studying STEM in Year 11 and 12 is a great way to open up
your career options and not just if you want to be a mathematician or
scientist. Chat to your teachers and career adviser about opportunities to explore
STEM, as well as any extension options they are able to offer you.
Next, look for ways to engage with your interests outside
the classroom. This can give you valuable insight into careers and study paths.
Investigate your options in STEM by trying some of the following:
joining a club or society
attending public lectures and events
entering academic challenges
chatting to friends, family and teachers who are studying or
working in STEM-related occupations
finding a work placement.
For more information about careers in STEM, check out the