British businesses are eager to fill thousands of jobs related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The US is racing with China for the title of the world’s most advanced economy, but when it boils down to numbers, they’re lacking in future engineers and scientists. The high demand for STEM graduates is well-known. But as a high-school leaver, how do you choose which STEM subject to pursue at university?
Below is a short quiz to supplement this and help you if you’re unsure which STEM branch of study to apply for. Good luck!
1. How much time are you willing to invest to become a professional in your field?
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2. Which of the following appeals to you most?
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3. Which of the following describes you best?
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4. How important are high wages to you?
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5. Which of the following describes your learning style best?
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6. When working on a project, you're more likely to succeed when...
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Which STEM subject should I study at university?
You want to dig deep into the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world. Observation and experiments excite you. Take your pick from biology, chemistry or physics - the three most common fields of science education, as well as the sub-fields on offer at many universities.
With people such as Larry Page and Susan Wojcicki as your idols, no subject would suit you better than Technology. You'll be well-poised to join (or even start) the many tech companies spearheading the digital era of today.
Building machines, structures and things is the name of your game. In undergraduate engineering and master's studies, you'll learn the knowledge and principles to the professional practice of engineering, followed by additional postgraduate examinations and supervised training as the requirements for a professional engineering license.
You loved solving problems in high school, and with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, you'll be able to learn pure (theory and abstract) mathematics and applied (practical application to the world) mathematics.