Returning to STEM
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Returning to STEM

Week 3: What’s going on in your sector?


Returning to work in STEM sectors can be daunting. The rapid pace of scientific and technological change means you may feel that many of the skills and experiences you have are out of date, and there are new jobs and new areas of work that didn’t even exist when you first entered work. Be prepared for the possibility that when you look at the changes in different employment sectors you might want to rethink previous assumptions about which sector you may return to work in. It may be different from the one you worked in previously.

This week you will look at what opportunities there are in STEM employment.

Watch the following video in which Sue introduces the subject.

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Welcome back. I hope you’ve been able to start networking using your LinkedIn account and catching up with old contacts. This week, you'll be looking at what is going on in your industry.
If you've been away from work for a while, it's easy to feel that your skills and knowledge are maybe out-of-date. Especially in fast-moving fields like technology and scientific research, things move and change very rapidly and you might be feeling out of touch. So this week, you're going to discover what some of the latest trends are in the different STEM-based industries and what new areas are likely to be growing in the next few years. Although I don't have a crystal ball, it's clear there are some very exciting new areas of development coming up. And this can be a chance for you to reassess what interests and excites you and what new opportunities might be out there.
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This week you will be reading and researching – gathering background data and information about what the trends are in STEM employment that will help inform your decision-making about your next steps. You will also be working on preparing and developing your CV, which will be an essential tool in your return-to-work journey.

By the end of this week you should:

  • be aware of the latest overall trends and issues in your chosen field
  • be aware of government publications on trends in STEM and investment strategies
  • be able to consider career options relevant to your background and experience
  • have made a draft CV.

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