Returning to STEM
Returning to STEM

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Returning to STEM

1 What this course can offer you

Getting back to work after a career break is rather like a game of snakes and ladders: some of the help and hindrances you encounter are predictable but others arrive when you least expect them.

Figure 1 Snakes and ladders

Here are some of the pitfalls that you might encounter – have you thought about, or come across, any of these?

  • no family nearby to help out
  • suitable STEM jobs are all too far away
  • my skills are out of date
  • I can’t get a nursery place for my child
  • my partner works away
  • I’ve been out of the country for too long
  • I’ve lost contact with all my old colleagues
  • I don’t know what’s going on in my industry sector any more
  • my CV is outdated and full of gaps.

And what about steps up? What and who could help you return?

  • an old school friend works in a well-known company – I’ll ask her for help
  • I’ve seen an advert for an internship on our community website
  • I’ve found an online course which will update my skills
  • I’ve got loads of voluntary work experience
  • I’m excited about going back to work and being a professional again
  • I’m ambitious and want to get on with my career again
  • I’m still in touch with my old boss
  • my friend has offered to pick up the kids twice a week.
RTS_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371