Students can make a real difference with a career in STEM


Smart Futures is a collaborative programme between government and industry that aims to give secondary school students the opportunity to engage with real people working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Ireland today. The website www. provides students and guidance counsellors with real-life examples of STEM careers in Ireland, through video interviews and 100+ career profi les. It also gives students access to role models through its volunteers for schools programme.


Secondary school teachers, TY coordinators or guidance counsellors are welcome to register their school on the website for free career talks at any time during the school year. Once registered, the teacher will receive a Students can make a real difference with a career in STEM dedicated login to request this resource whenever they require. These talks help inspire and motivate students about their future career paths, so they can make more informed decisions, before making subject or CAO choices. They can ask practical questions of someone with real industry experience and learn about what it is like to work in anything from biochemistry to cybersecurity, food technology to data analytics and more. A career in STEM brings with it a huge number of opportunities and the chance to make a meaningful difference to society. With the ever growing need for STEM graduates in Ireland, where well paid, exciting and fulfi lling roles are available to students of different capabilities, it is vital that we inform students about such career paths and challenge negative stereotypes.


Teachers, parents and students can access lots of other useful materials on the resources section of www. and fi nd out more about STEM outreach programmes such as Coder Dojo and Mathletes, to begin to experience STEM for themselves. This is particularly important in encouraging young females, where engagement with female role models can greatly increase their participation. Smart Futures is managed by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland and companies such as Google, Boston Scientifi c and IBM.

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