As a student, it can be challenging to connect one's burgeoning interest in STEM to a future career path. Futurum Careers aims to make finding that connection easier by highlighting role models across STEM subjects—from mathematics to medicine. We asked Futurum Careers to tell us a bit more about their organization and the important work that they do.
Futurum Careers is a free online resource and magazine aimed at helping students connect the subjects they are learning with careers in STEMM (science, tech, engineering, mathematics, medicine) and SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy). We collaborate with academics all over the world and translate their research projects into free education resources that can be used in the classroom and at home.
We create articles about real-world research projects and activity sheets that are linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy. You’ll also find PowerPoints, animations and podcasts. The animations are accompanied with scripts, while the podcasts come with PowerPoints and scripts, all of which have suggestions for learning activities. Then there are articles about inspiring people and organizations. These inspirational role models share their stories and career journeys with students in the hope that they will aspire to achieve their own full potential. (Explore Futurum Careers' interviews and articles here!)
Every teacher wants to challenge their students and pass on the passion for their subject that made them work in education in the first place. In the real world of heavy teaching timetables and minimal planning time, however, we know that teachers can struggle to provide learning experiences that broaden their students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of exam specifications.
Our job is to provide free, stimulating and high-quality resources that enable teachers to stretch their students that little bit more, and take them beyond the classroom and into the innovative world of contemporary research. Ultimately, our mission is to enable researchers to inspire, teachers to motivate, and students to aspire!
There isn’t a set career path. For example, we are a team of six working in educational publishing and we all have different experiences. One team member didn’t go to university, instead choosing to become an entrepreneur, while another has a PhD in volcanology. You never know where life might take you, so be open to opportunities and, above all, have fun!