• Question: Would choosing the STEM subjects be useful to achieve better in the science careers please?

    Asked by 959cara48 to Victoria, Tabby, Sandra, Becky, Leah, Krishnaa, Kirsty, Holly, Anthony on 5 Feb 2018.
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      Leah Fitzsimmons answered on 5 Feb 2018:

      It’s really useful to study STEM subjects if you want a career in science because it gives you a good grounding for your career or higher education study. But you should also make sure you study the subjects you love, not just the ones you think you should take. I studied half STEM subjects and half creative subjects at GCSE and A-level. At the time some people told me I should do one or the other, but now I have a job where I get to do science and creative things such as work with artists so it was the perfect mix for me in the end!

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      Holly Miller answered on 5 Feb 2018:

      This is a great question. I definitely agree with Leah – while it is really useful to study the STEM subjects if you want to pursue a science career it is also important to take subjects which you enjoy. It is all about finding the right balance. When choosing my subjects I took mostly STEM subjects but then also Music as this was a hobby of mine.
      STEM subjects are great because they cover such a wide range of topics – they will set you on the right path for a great career in Science.

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      Rebecca Bennett answered on 6 Feb 2018:

      I totally agree with the answers below. I was told so many times that mixing science and creative (textiles in my case) would not amount to anything however I now have a great job combining both sides of my brain!
      Having a good balance of subjects you are passionate about and subjects you know you should study will keep you going for longer!

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      Kirsty Ross answered on 6 Feb 2018:

      I also agree with the previous answers. I thoroughly enjoyed studying STEM A levels, but I also did an AS level in Art. I’ve ended up using all of it during my degree and in my current career. You do need a certain level of creativity to do well in most things nowadays, and STEM careers are no different. Being able to adapt and change is important, and just because you choose certain subject now doesn’t stop you doing other things in the future! I look after PhD students with lots of different backgrounds who are now doing projects in completely different areas (e.g. an engineer is now working on a biology project squishing cancer cells to help with diagnosis and treatment). My key message would be to not panic and pick the subjects you really love! That’ll go a long way towards getting through any challenges that come up.

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      Victoria Sharpe answered on 11 Feb 2018:

      Yes definitely.