In partnership with the Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Institute of Physics

Features of the resources

The resources within this pack draw on a range of different methods to embed careers within practical science:

1. Involve role models or case studies in lessons: Starter and / or plenary with a film clip of someone working in research / industry; inviting a STEM Ambassador to answer questions / support the practical activity; utilise case studies of people working in industry / research drawn for various places and ask students to read and feedback key details / guess my job activities.

2. Role play as part of practical: Set the task with pupils in role (brief them beforehand) and ask them to present findings or debate opposing views relating to practical - even better invite real people to see presentations.

3. Build in career skills development and reflection into practical task so that pupils can review and reflect on their own skills base or interests / values and relate it to careers in science.

4. Identify a local company / organisation with expertise in a related STEM area: Involve them and illustrate what they do - arrange a visit or work shadow - develop a new teaching resource on the basis of this.

5. Include individual career research activities for students as part of the task either within class or as homework: set tasks for information searches on a range of jobs or routes to jobs - or key aspects of careers like salary, qualifications, key roles.

6. Involve your own pupils and do some research with them about their own awareness and interest in science careers. Follow this up by working with colleagues and the school careers lead to develop a joint activity (which could be based on the suggestions above). Let the results feed in to open evenings and option choices events with parents.

The resources in the introduction section of this website also include key signposts to support pupils and teachers in building knowledge of careers from science and in science. The information sources ensure that the careers included can be accessed at different levels of qualification and include a diverse range of case studies / role models. Information signposts are recognised as providing up to date and well structured and accurate information coming from quality assured sources.


Page last updated on 02 May 2013