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Small changes: using examples of people, jobs and industries

Drawing upon examples of STEM careers and industries, and the people working within them, is a quick way of providing context to many curriculum topics. These four approaches show how resources on STEM careers can be embedded into the curriculum and lessons.

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Introduce a topic with career learning

Interviews with people in industry, such as those available from BBC Bitesize or iCould can be an engaging introduction into a lesson or topic.

For example:

  • When teaching air-resistance, why not highlight the work of an aerospace engineer?
  • When teaching about food production, you could start by highlighting the work of a Food Technologist.
  • When teaching about data or statistics, you could start by highlighting the work of a Fund Account Manager.
  • When teaching about joints and muscles, you could start by highlighting the work of a Physiotherapist.

Integrate careers research into your lesson planning

Mapping different video clips into schemes of work can be a small change that can help embed careers throughout your subject. When teaching compound percentages for example, you could explore National Careers Service website job profiles in the financial sector, linking the learning to particular career pathways.

Support students to reflect on how their learning is used in industry

Ask students to reflect on how what they have learnt might be used in industry. For example, there’s a host of job profiles on the NHS website that students could explore and cross-reference against different activities they have completed in a term. Start by supporting students to recap on the content they have learned, exploring from the technical and transferable skills that they have developed. To find more job profiles linked to STEM subjects, visit the STEM Learning Careers Resource Page.

Create and update career displays

Displays can highlight themes such as women working in STEM, Nobel Prize winners or school / college alumni that have gone on to study and work in STEM. Where possible, try to update content to reflect the changing world that your students live in. For example, take into account local, national and global news linked to STEM. This resource collection includes posters, flyers and leaflets about STEM careers. There are also posters about the transferable skills you’ll need.

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