There's no doubt about it - pursuing a STEM career is a lot of work. With that being said, STEM careers are extremely rewarding and can have a real impact on society and on people's lives. We've put together all of the STEM career advice you need to help you get into a STEM career below.
- STEM career paths
- STEM career profiles
- Find out what you can do with your STEM degree
- What if I don't have a STEM degree?
- STEM skills to cultivate
- Day in the life of STEM careers
- STEM success stories
What is STEM?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. When we talk about STEM degrees or careers, we're generally referring to degrees or careers that make use of technology and/or the scientific method to get results. In the educational sphere, it's generally felt that there aren't enough students studying STEM-related degrees, which translates into fewer graduates going into STEM fields; all while the world is becoming more and more technologically focused!
Because of this, STEM students that can go into STEM careers are in high demand, making STEM a lucrative path to consider.
STEM career paths
There are many industries you can go into with a STEM degree. Each Career Path Guide below takes you through everything you need to know about working in these sectors.
Working in engineering & construction
In basic terms, engineering is the umbrella term for the science of materials, construction and technology that form the working parts of our world. Everything we use has been engineered for a purpose. It encompasses the entire process, from drawing up designs to producing and maintaining the finished product.
Learn more about the engineering & construction career path.
Working in science & pharmaceuticals
The pharmaceuticals sector is the scaffolding supporting the medical world, drip-feeding hospitals, pharmacies and patients in need with the medicine and treatment that keeps our nation fighting fit.
However, pharmaceuticals goes a lot deeper than the dispensaries you encounter when you pick up a repeat prescription. Behind the scenes, an army of scientists, engineers and researchers work hard to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. You might consider them unsung heroes, because the quality of their operations gives millions of people the chance to lead a normal life, or recover from illness.
Learn more about the science & pharmaceuticals career path.
Working in technology & IT infrastructure
Learn more about the technology & IT infrastructure career path.
STEM career profiles
Not sure what role you want to go into with your STEM degree? The possibilities are endless when it comes to STEM-focused roles. Here are just a selection of roles you could pursue as a STEM student:
- Civil Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Energy Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- IT Support
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Marine Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Project Manager
- Quantity Surveyor
- Structural Engineer
- Biomedical Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Clinical Scientist
- Crime Scene Investigator
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Data Scientist
- Interface Designer
- Product Manager
- Software Engineer
- Software Tester
Find out what you can do with your STEM degree
- What can I do with an engineering degree?
- What can I do with a maths degree?
- What can I do with a computer science degree?
- What can I do with a science degree?
What if I don't have a STEM degree?
If you're looking to pursue a career in STEM, but don't have a STEM degree, there's no need to panic. There are many avenues you can pursue without having a traditional STEM degree. With that being said, it's important to acknowledge that some areas, for example, engineering do require you to have formal training so if engineering is something you really want to get into, you might need to prepare for going back to university to get the right degree.
The key to pursuing a career in STEM without a specific degree is preparation. Figure out what career path you want to go down and then do the research to determine what qualifications or skills you need to get you there. Prepare to pivot or change from what you're currently doing and be open to learning!
Some STEM paths require you to take a course or learn a skill as opposed to doing an entirely new degree. Learning to code, for example, is an essential skill if you're looking to get into technology - more on that below.
STEM skills to cultivate
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Day in the life of STEM careers
Want to know more about what your day-to-day might look like in a STEM career? Learn from recent graduates who have gone into STEM careers about what their roles look like.
- Environmental scientist
- Technical product manager
- Technology consultant
- Plant health and seed inspector
- Finance analyst
STEM success stories
Hear from Bright Network members who have successfully secured roles on how they did it and their top tips.
- Emily's insights into securing a technology graduate role with HSBC
- Tayna's insight into securing a data analytics internship with NatWest
- Graduate insight from Sabrina into securing a technology analyst role with Morgan Stanley
- Sarah's insights into securing an analyst role at Bank of America
- Sammya's insights into securing a graduate software engineer role with Accenture
Search through hundreds of internships and graduates jobs & schemes to find the best opportunity for you to get started with your STEM career.