Which pioneer of STEM are you?

Think STEM subjects lead to a boring career? Think again

The achievements of science, technology, engineering and maths professionals are all around you. Every time you use your smartphone or check the steps on your fitness watch, it’s made possible because someone in a STEM profession helped to design them. Even when you catch a high-speed train, order a gadget online to be delivered next day or download the latest app, it’s all thanks to people who have studied those subjects.

So, do you have what it takes to succeed in the STEM world? Take our quiz below to find out which pioneer of STEM you’re most like…

So, are you a maths whizz who’s more at home with computers than people, just like Ada Lovelace?

Or are you more Elon Musk, a man whose name is synonymous with major tech breakthroughs?

Whatever your outcome, working in a STEM industry isn’t a walk in the park – it’s forward-thinking, ground-breaking and tackles many of the biggest issues the world faces today. But if you’re ambitious, like a challenge and want a career that can seriously make a difference, studying a STEM subject might just be the best thing you ever do.

One university with a wide STEM subject offering is the University of Bedfordshire. With a new four-storey teaching and laboratory space in the works, Bedfordshire is introducing a range of new science courses to their already-strong offering, including Pharmacy, Physics and Biochemistry.

With STEM roles expected to grow at double the rate of other sectors, leading to the creation of 142,000 jobs by 2023, here’s a couple of reasons why you might want to study one of these subjects…

Be at the forefront of technology

If you study a STEM subject, you’ll be at the cutting edge of notable technological advancements. You’ll get to play a role in major break-throughs and have a hand in advancements which could transform the world.

Think cures for cancer, the eradication of life-threatening diseases, advanced 5G mobile networks to bring us closer together or driverless car technology to transform the way we travel.

Transferable skills

Studying STEM subjects can prepare you for a role across a wide range of industries because many of the skills you gain are highly sought-after and adaptable.

Great data and number skills, excellent technical skills, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal traits are all important when it comes to that competitive job market.

The range of options

The great thing about STEM is there are so many variations within the core umbrella subjects.

If you like the idea of engineering, there’s aerospace, electrical, civil, computer, chemical, marine and mining, to name just a few. If computing is more your thing, there’s robotics, software engineering, mathematics and forensics. STEM is an all-encompassing term that can apply to many different industries and careers, so it’s worth checking out the options in case there’s a lesser-known subject that takes your fancy.

And don’t forget the STEM heroes who’ve come before…

If you’re still not sure STEM is quite right for you, draw some inspiration from the famous people who have had a lasting impact on humanity. Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist who is widely credited with discovering radioactivity and creating x-rays. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win it twice and the only person to win it in two different sciences.

Then there’s Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician who published the first ever algorithm for a machine. She is widely believed to be the first computer programmer. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a pioneering engineer, was considered one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, building the Great Western Railway, steamships and numerous important bridges and tunnels.

And in more recent times Elon Musk has been at the forefront of some major technological breakthroughs – not only is he the co-founder of PayPal, he is also head of Tesla, an automotive and energy company which aims to offer electric, and eventually driverless, cars to people at affordable prices. In addition, he heads up SpaceX, an aerospace business, which has ambitious plans to develop interplanetary space flight. 

Want to see your name alongside theirs? If you think you’d be interested in studying STEM further, get in touch with the University of Bedfordshire to find out more about their STEM programme.  

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