Parents and teachers! What careers advice can you give your teens?
Never before has the job market been so unpredictable. So many of the jobs that existed when we were growing up are disappearing; and new ones are appearing – jobs we don’t even recognise. Think about all of the people you know with job titles you just don’t understand. Or take a look at the jobs advertised in The Guardian for Bath alone: Full Stack Developer; eCommerce Writer/Editor; Quality Assurance Manager. All of these are well paid jobs, but how many of you know what these people do?
Then there are the jobs of the future. The UK Government is concerned about the growing skills shortage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and has already spent almost £1bn on initiatives to bridge this STEM skills gap between 2007-17. No one can really predict what the jobs of the future will be, but technology advances bring opportunities, and these opportunities are more than likely going to be in STEM.
So, what careers advice will you be giving your children? Futurum Careers is on a mission to show young people (age 11+) that STEAMM (STEM with an A for the Arts (think design technology or science communication) and an extra M for medicine) is fascinating and that these subjects can lead to incredible, rewarding careers.
What’s so good about Futurum?
Futurum was launched in Bristol but it brings the world of STEAMM to Bath and the South West with lots of free resources for your kids and students. On the website, you’ll find:
- Easy-to-read articles about researchers and their research, covering all subjects relating to STEAMM. Your kids can even ask the scientists questions by leaving a comment at the bottom of each article: https://futurumcareers.com/articles
- Activity sheets packed with ideas for activities to do at home or at school. The activity sheets link directly to the articles and aim to get students thinking and talking about the research: https://futurumcareers.com/resources
- Career guides about youth and education initiatives, internships and apprenticeship schemes, as well as links to other organisations’ resources – and all in one place so you don’t have to spend hours searching: https://futurumcareers.com/career-guides
- Course guides about students studying STEAMM subjects at university. Motivate your kids with real-life students talking honestly about the subjects they are studying and the career options open to them: https://futurumcareers.com/course-guides
- The Futurum magazine featuring all of the above (except the activity sheets) in one handy place. https://futurumcareers.com/issues
How can I get my kids involved?
There are several ways for you and your kids to get involved with Futurum: visit the website (https://futurumcareers.com/), follow Futurum on social media (@futurumcareers), sign up to the monthly mailing list (https://futurumcareers.com/sign-up), and read the weekly blog (https://futurumcareers.com/blog) – there’s the one about STEM summer camps, for example; and another about easy science experiments your kids can do at home. You and your kids can also ask scientists questions by leaving a comment at the bottom of each research article. Scroll to the bottom of this article to find out what Lyndsey Henderson asked Dr Emile Elias.
Get involved now and get clued-up on STEAMM courses, careers and opportunities available for your kids.