Can you imagine how technologies will shape our lives in the future? Have you ever wondered how scientists and engineers provide sustainable power, keep people moving safely around cities, and diagnose and treat illnesses? With Siemens Education, you’ll find out the answers and discover how the things you learn today can help you start an exciting career at the forefront of technology.
Life journeysIn inspiring videos and case studies, female Siemens employees explain what they were interested in when they were children and what motivated them to pursue engineering careers.
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Finding a future in STEM and at SiemensWant to know more about the best things to study for an exciting and challenging career in STEM? Interested in apprenticeship or internship/graduate opportunities at Siemens UK? Or would you like to know what inspired some of the people already working in our team?
Deciding whether a future in STEM is a future for you
There are lots of exciting, well paid jobs that use STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects - they are in high demand! There are a few things you need to consider a future career...
- Ask yourself these questions:
Is this career for me?
What do I need to do to maximise my opportunities?
How can I find out more about this line of work?
- Try and find someone who works in a STEM career, perhaps someone in your family or a friend of the family. See what they do and talk to them about what attracted them to their line of work.
- Take a look at the exciting opportunities to earn whilst you learn, through one of the many apprenticeship schemes available.
- Check out this video from SEMTA, the Sector Skills Council for the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors, shot at Siemens' sustainable cities initiative the Crystal:
Lots of people work in STEM areas, but not many of them are pure scientists or pure mathematicians. When you are choosing to study at KS4/S4,5 or making decisions about college or university there are some things to keep in mind.
- Maths is important! Most STEM careers involve numeracy, so keep on top of things in this area.
- English is just as important. Employers will expect you to be able to construct an explanation, either orally or in writing, and to be able to read and understand information.
- Think about more than one science! Think about the subjects you choose in science - studying biology, chemistry and physics separately gives you the chance to study a wider range of topics.
- You may decide to take a technology subject, or engineering if it is available. Technology subjects can help give an insight into basis and background of the production process.
- Modern foreign languages (MFL) and STEM are a powerful combination. Most large STEM employers operate in a number of countries so having a proficiency in another language could give you an advantage over other candidates.
- Computer science or computing is worth considering. Computer science is an aspect of STEM which is in big demand and short supply!
- Doing two sciences and maths is a good combination. Doing two sciences and maths is a good combination. Do your research; do not make assumptions about what universities will want - find out the entry requirements.
- Other science based subjects? Geology, astronomy, electronics or psychology can be a good way of giving you an insight into a particular area that you may have an interest in.
Your challenge: Help Siemens engineers design and build a rollercoaster
The Roller-Coaster Challenge school-based competition was created with our Congleton site 7 years ago. Since then our Manchester site has also started to run a version of the Challenge with local schools. Working under the guidance of a Siemens mentor, pupils are provided with kit and work in teams, drawing from their STEM skills - as well as non-traditional STEM related subjects like art and design – to build a model rollercoaster and demonstrate that STEM subjects can be used in everyday life and are exciting!
The teams compete for a number of prizes with their rollercoaster designs, including best Engineering, best Design and best Innovation. The challenge aims to inspire young people from all backgrounds to consider a STEM career by giving them experience of hands on practical activities.
Educating young people about the rewards and challenges of sustainable engineering and technology is a priority at Siemens. For this reason, Siemens supports The Greenpower Education Trust’s Greenpower Challenge Formula 24 Kit Car with funding and industry leading CAD software to all Greenpower teams.
Siemens is committed to engaging and inspiring young people about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and proudly sponsors the Big Bang Fair. The Big Bang Fair is largest annual science and engineering event for young people in the UK and is a brilliant opportunity for budding future engineers and scientists to learn, explore and experience STEM in action! Find out more about the event here.
Tools to help you
Free design & engineering software for students
Industry-leading mechanical design software, Siemens Solid Edge Student Edition is available at no cost (free) to students of all ages for use outside the classroom in support of their studies or extra-curricular activities such as the Greenpower Challenge.
To obtain Solid Edge Student Edition register here: