A study by the Royal Institution into young people’s dream jobs has shown 5 of the top 10 results to be STEM careers. The poll, involving 1000 pupils aged 6-16, found veterinarian, doctor, astronaut, pilot and zookeeper to be amongst the most sought-after jobs.
However while the jobs are rated as desirable by the pupils, they are not necessarily seen as achievable. This represents a significant obstacle in getting pupils to follow STEM pathways, proven in the finding that almost 50% of those questioned believed STEM subjects to be ‘too difficult’ or ‘too boring’ to study.
Projects such as the Royal Institution’s L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre and the University of Bradford’s own STEM Lab play a vital role in breaking the barriers between aspiration and achievement and making STEM careers an accessible and realistic option for pupils. The STEM team has a number of outreach opportunities (the majority of which are reported on this blog); if you would like to arrange a STEM event at your school please contact James via the contact details on the ‘Team’ page.