Ever wondered how the STEM subjects studied at school are used in the real world? Join us each week as we talk to employer volunteers, STEM Ambassadors and role models about their careers, and the journey they took to get to where there are today and find out how the STEM subjects taught at school are applied in the world of work.
Spotlight on STEM is a careers podcast brought to you by DEBP, aimed at young people, parents & education providers. For more information about DEBP visit us at: www.debp.org
Yvonne is a lecturer in biomedical engineering at Nottingham Trent University, where she is responsible for the delivery of course content on several of the degree courses on offer at the university, alongside mentoring and supervising PhD and final year students and carrying out scientific research at the university laboratories. In this podcast she talks about her career journey, why she went in to academia and explains the importance of chemistry in the work she does.
Leonie is a teacher of science at Darton Academy in Barnsley, where she teaches theoretical and practical KS3 and KS4 science, covering biology, physics and chemistry. In this podcast she talks about her current role, her previous experience in the veterinary profession and explains how she takes her experiences from her previous roles when teaching chemistry to students.
Colin is a environmental advisor at AstraZeneca where he is involved in reviewing the environmental impacts of medicines manufacturing processes. In this podcast he talks about his career journey as a chemist, the skills needed to work in this field and explains the importance of chemistry taught at school within the workplace.
Joanna is a education coordinator for The Royal Society of Chemistry. In this podcast she talks about her current role with the RSC, her career journey as a chemical scientist and explains why she is so passionate about promoting chemistry.
In today’s episode we speak to several different role models in a variety of careers linked to chemistry and find out how they use and apply chemistry in their job roles. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about careers in chemistry visit:
Royal Society of Chemistry: https://edu.rsc.org/future-in-chemistry
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zktg382/jobs-that-use-chemistry/1
Jennifer is a PhD student at The University of Nottingham, where she is currently working on a group project looking at the use of AI to design more sustainable catalysts. In this podcast she talks about the project she is involved in, where she sees her own PhD research going and explains how her background in biology is applicable to the research she is involved in today.
George is a PhD student at the University of Leicester, where he is researching genetic variants associated with heart disease in order to better understand the disease. In this podcast he talks about his PhD, the research he carries out in the laboratory and explains the importance of basic biology principles he learnt at school in his current research.
Amy is a trainee genetic counsellor with the NHS, where she works with patients to help them to make informed choices about their healthcare using genetic information. In this podcast she talks about the training programme, her motivation & reasons for wanting to become a genetic counsellor and explains how some of the biology she learnt at school is still relevant in her current role.
In today’s episode we speak to three different role models with one thing in common; biology, and we find out how they use and apply biology in their job roles and studies. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about Biology and the career opportunities available visit:
Royal Society of Biology: https://www.rsb.org.uk/careers-and-cpd/careers/career-resources/resources-for-students and https://www.rsb.org.uk/images/pdf/Student_Biology_Careers_Resource_Guide.pdf
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z4x3y9q/jobs-that-use-biology/1
Hannah is an electronic engineering graduate on the Edison Engineering Development Programme graduate scheme, and is currently on her third rotation at GE Aviation Systems, where she is involved in working on software development with the cyber security team. In this podcast she talks about her three rotations on the programme, why she went into engineering and her passion for inspiring the next generation of engineers.
Harry is a development engineer at Far Composites, where he is involved in developing and designing new ways to manufacture products using composite materials to make vehicles lighter, more cost effective and efficient. In this podcast he talks about his current role, some of the projects he has been involved in and explains how he became interested in engineering.
Anna is a digital marketer programme lead at GBS Apprenticeships, where she is responsible for the content of the course, delivering training sessions and providing one to one coaching support for apprentices on the course. In this podcast she talks about her previous career in digital marketing, her current role and the importance of technology in the world of digital marketing.
Neil is an international sales manager at Cogsdill, where is responsible for selling specialist cutting and metal forming tools to many different engineering sectors. In this podcast he talks about his career journey, his background in mechanical engineering and the importance of design and technology in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.
Nicola is a standards advisor at the construction management company Wates, where she is involved in visiting constructions sites and assessing the quality of buildings being built and providing systems and technology support and training to the on-site teams. In this podcast she talks about her career journey, the opportunities available in the construction industry and explains the importance of the design & technology skills she learnt at school in her current and previous roles.
Chris is a research director at CODA Labs, where he is involved in cyber security research to check the security of devices, looking for exploitable flaws that could be targeted by malicious hackers, and developing new tools and techniques for cyber security research to help companies remain secure. In this podcast he talks about his career journey, the importance of programming in his role and offers some great advice for running your own business. To find out more about CODA Labs visit: https://www.codalabs.uk/
Emma is an applications engineer at Fairfield Control System, who specialise in the design and installation of industrial control systems. In this podcast she talks about her career journey, her role as an apprentice ambassador and explains how she uses design & technology when working with customers to help engineer solutions that meet their control system requirements.
In today’s episode we speak to several different role models in a variety of careers and find out how they design, use and apply and technology in their job roles. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about careers that involve design and technology and how it is used in the world of work visit:
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zn7h8xs/jobs-that-use-design-and-technology/1 or https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zhj692p/jobs-that-use-computing-and-ict/1)
Tomorrows Engineer: https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/)
Go Construct: https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-careers/
Darcy is an aerodynamicist at Rolls-Royce, where she looks after aircraft engine compressors, checking new design proposals from an aerodynamic point of view and helping to implement improvements to make engines more efficient. In this podcast she talks about her current role, the importance of team working and explains how some of the fundamental physics principles she learnt at school are still applicable in her current role.
Patrick is a nuclear engineer and a student on the nucleargraduates training scheme, and is currently on secondment at Magnox where he is involved in decommissioning radioactive waste and reviewing safety aspects of new reactors. In this podcast Patrick talks about his studies, the nucleargraduates training scheme and explains how he still uses the physics taught at school today.
Christabel is an environmental acoustic consultant at AECOM, where she is involved in measuring and predicting noise and vibration and advising clients on mitigation methods for noise and vibration for a variety of outdoor projects. In this podcast she talks about her current role, how she found out about the role and explains how some of the physics principles she learnt at school are important in her role.
In today’s episode we speak to three different role models with very different jobs, but with one thing in common; physics, and we find out how they use and apply physics in their job roles. If after listening you want to find out more about the volunteers and their careers, the full interviews will be released over the next week.
To find out more about physics and the career directions studying physics can lead to visit:
Or if you just want to find out more about physics and it’s application in the real world visit:
Iain runs his own business Sherwood Project Management, where he delivers operational and project management support and promotes project management as a life skill. In this podcast, he talks about his career journey and how he draws upon twenty years of operational field management experience.
Peter is a repair technical coordinator at Rolls-Royce, where he is involved in the repair and inspection of aircraft engines, coming up with new ways to fix new problems that may arise with new engine designs. In this podcast, he talks about his career journey and the skills needed to work as an engineer at Rolls-Royce.
Harriet is a lighting technician at Applelec, where she works in both in the field of manufacturing and also in the research side for new ideas. In this podcast, she talks about her career journey and what inspired her to change careers and move in to the field of electrical engineering.
Chris is a field service engineer at the Met Office, where he is involved in repairing and maintaining weather stations, weather radar, and other meteorological systems all over the country, and overseas. In this podcast he talks about his career journey and explains how his interest in electronics as a teenager led him to his current role at the Met Office.
Rosina is a mechanical Engineer at Atkins, where she fixes problems associated with energy generation, notably nuclear power and offshore wind turbines. In this podcast, she talks about her career journey, how she uses maths in her role and explains how computer modelling is used to look at and fix problems.
Steven is CEO at Guard Business Solutions Ltd, an apprenticeship training provider specialising in Digital, IT and Leadership and Management In this podcast he talks about his career journey, provides some top tips and explains the skills needed to run your own business.
Claire is a risk and investment manager at Northern Gas Networks, where her team look to estimate when the pipes, equipment and kit that supplies gas to homes of their customers will need replacing before they fail. In this podcast, she talks about her career journey, explains how maths is used in the workplace and talks about the future of gas.
Stephen is a trials support engineer at QinetiQ, where he provides support to software trials for aircraft, ensuring that any software is fit for purpose. In this podcast, he talks to us about his career journey and the importance of software testing.
Joanne is a change management consultant at Pick Everard, where she helps organisations realise their ambitions for new design and build projects. In this podcast she talks to us about her career journey and how she uses maths in her current and previous job roles.
In today's episode we speak to several different role models and find out how they use and apply maths in their job roles. For more information on other careers involving maths visit www.mathscareers.org.uk.
In today's pilot episode, you will have the opportunity to find out about DEBP and what we do, find out a little bit about me, the host of Spotlight on STEM and some of the colleagues I work with. We hope you enjoy listening!!!