Careers with STEM
What is Careers with STEM?
75% of future jobs will require STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills.
Yet just 16% of high-school graduates are enrolling in STEM degrees in Australia. In 10 years’ time, how will rapid technological change affect our future career choices? One thing is clear; we don’t know what the careers of the future will be. The Careers with STEM platform set out to help students discover, invent and collaborate on the careers of the future, and includes a website, quarterly magazine, posters, teacher guides, app, events, quizzes, video and more.
Many of the careers that emerge will combine skills in STEM with other areas. Like Science + Art = better data visualisation tools, Tech + Sports = better performance, Engineering + Design = better homes for displaced people. We’ve chosen some ‘X’ areas to help students discover the careers that might be around in five or even ten years. We call it STEM + X.
Distributed free to all Australian high schools, universities, corporates, industry associations and STEM outreach with the support of sponsors including Google, The Commonwealth Bank and ANSTO, the Careers with STEM magazines are produced by Australian specialist STEM media company Refraction Media, winner of the best Australian Small Publisher 2015.
Students today will experience around eight major career shifts. Many of these shifts will be into jobs that have digital technologies as their basis. We know that 44% of the jobs that are around today won’t exist in 20 years. A strong foundation of knowledge in STEM will prepare students for a rapidly changing career path, and gives them the knowhow they need to stay flexible and adaptable in the job marketplace.
Studying science or engineering doesn’t just prepare you to be a scientist or an engineer (although there are plenty of high-flying industry jobs in these areas). It also gives you a strong basis for working in business, health, fashion, journalism, law and much more. It helps you to understand how the world works, how we create the technology that we use to survive and how we can thrive on a planet facing huge challenges in terms of food security, population shifts and climate change.
Taking these skills along with your passion into new areas puts you at the forefront of the new knowledge generation, and gives you the tools you need to address these challenges.
We hope you find some inspiration to combine STEM with your ‘X’ factor, or passion. Whatever you decide to do.