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 following websites: