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SFI NEWS: COLLEGE IS NOT THE ONLY ROUTE TO A CAREER IN SCIENCE - SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND URGES STUDENTS TO EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR A CAREER IN STEM

Posted on 11 months ago by Alan Jarque

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 With first round CAO offers being issued today, Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures programme is encouraging students to explore all avenues to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM), even if they did not get the points they had hoped to achieve.  Commenting on the first round offers, Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said:

With starting salaries of up to €30,000* and 80 new jobs in technology announced each week, a career path in STEM is a wise move. STEM graduates are in high demand and can enjoy strong earning potential and excellent progression opportunities.

If students did not get the points they need to get a place on a CAO STEM-related course, there are alternative options like apprenticeships and Post Leaving Certificate courses (PLCs) to kick start their career in STEM. I would encourage parents and students to visit SmartFutures.ie which offers invaluable insights into many diverse STEM career pathways. 
From developing software for video games and social media, creating new food technologies and inventing medical devices, to conserving our environment and exploring space, students can learn about what skills are required, the kinds of jobs people do and the sectors or organisations where they work.

Studying a course, or pursuing an apprenticeship in a STEM-related area, will equip students with skills such as critical thinking, people management and complex problem solving, all of which are much sought after by employers across the globe in today’s faced-paced working environment.”