At Millennium Point, we are committed to boosting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning across the region – it is our belief that the jobs of the future fall into this category and we want to put the Midlands at the front of the queue when these jobs are created.
But what sort of career can you expect if you decide to dive into the world of STEM? Clearly, there are a lot of options you will have with some providing interchangeable skills or gateways into other higher-paid roles. Overall, however, STEM is a crucial part of business with an abundance of roles offering security and sustainability in your working career. Moreso, there are a growing number of opportunities out there for those looking to re-skill or upskill in order to pursue STEM careers, making now more than ever the time to consider seeking out a career in one or more of these industries.
Let’s take a look at five of the more unique opportunities you should know about.
One of the most popular degrees at present and a rapidly growing market, there are numerous entry paths into the field of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers that ensure network and data safety so that businesses, government agencies, and everyday individuals have the confidence they need to conduct business in this Internet-connected world.
Our latest scholarship campaign saw a steep increase in the number of young people looking to study in the field of cybersecurity.
Software engineers are skilled programmers who design, build and maintain software applications, working on an enormous variety of projects across a wide array of industries.
The very best can work for large tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, creating tools and apps that we use every day.
To become a software engineer, you will require a strong knowledge of programming languages, as well as the ability to approach problems logically and systematically. Most engineers possess a degree in computer science, although this isn’t always a requisite for landing a job.
Systems architects act as a bridge between business and technology, designing, coordinating and implementing the architecture of entire IT systems to the specifications of their employer or client.
It is one of the highest-paid jobs you can find, requiring advanced knowledge of networks, structures and software, but also a strong sense of commercial awareness and the ability to lead time-sensitive projects.
Regardless of what discipline of engineering you pursue, your skills will always be in demand.
Mechanical engineers are particularly sought after, though, due to the wide range of environments in which they can work.
It’s possible to get into mechanical engineering through an apprenticeship, although many choose to attend a designated engineering school, requisites of which include strong numerical skills, a creative mind, and the ability to reason and solve problems logically.
You’ll spend most of your career working with moving parts, too, so enthusiasm for how machines are built and operate is another must-have quality.
Architects create designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. They use their specialist construction knowledge and high-level drawing skills to design buildings that are functional, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.
It is a career that can take you all over the world and help shape the society around us.
Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands.