We held our annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Information Evening last week. Students from Year 9 to Sixth Formers, from both our school and other local schools, who were interested in pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths were invited to the evening. It was an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to hear first hand from respected admissions tutors and professionals on both the characteristics of a successful university application and examples of what a career in a STEM related occupations involves on a day to day basis.
Our speakers included Mr Dipendra Mistry, a Magnetron Development Engineer at E2V Technologies in Chelmsford, who talked about his career and was joined by two apprentices to speak about their experience of studying on the job, and Aerospace Engineer, Mrs Dee Amos, who is currently working in the Aviation and Aerospace industry and who talked about her career path and career highlights, plus the advantages and disadvantages of a career as an Engineer. Exploring the academic aspects of studying STEM subjects we had Dr Simon Fairclough from the department of Physics, Kings College London, and finally Mr Roshan Walkerley, Higher Education Adviser at the University of East Anglia who covered topics such as how to make a competitive application and the range of STEM subjects available at university. At the end of each presentation there were question and answer sessions.
This informative evening provided invaluable advice to students and parents alike about a future career options in this fascinating field.
Stuart Newton, Director of Sixth Form: “This proved to be a very informative event that was well attended by students and parents alike, and gave a real insight into the diversity of careers that studying STEM subjects can lead to. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from one of the E2V apprentices talking about her work on technology that could eventually produce a 3D map of the universe, Dee showing us a video of her life in the cockpit of a 777 Dreamliner, Simon talking about his work on nanoparticles some of which measure only 10 atoms across, and finally Roshan’s advice on how to make your university application stand out from the crowd. Hopefully the hard work that went into putting on this event paid off and inspired some of our students to pursue a career in a STEM related subject.”