Female industry leaders inspire local students into STEAM careers
Published on 18 May 2023
Volunteers from Milton Park companies took part in another set of successful #ExploreMiltonPark experiences with local students last week, following the launch of the interactive maths panel in March.
Over 300 students attended the events at Didcot Girls' School, participating in an interactive careers panel and interview practice sessions with industry professionals. These formed part of Explore, Milton Park's five-year school engagement programme, which will see the Park's occupiers develop local young people’s employability skills, engaging with students about careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM).
The all-female panel of STEAM industry leaders from EnSilica, Evotec, Oberlanders, Tokamak Energy and Vertex Pharamceuticals answered questioned from the students exploring the different routes into employment and career opportunities that STEAM subjects can lead to. It was wonderful to see the volunteer panel made up entirely of women across various sectors, inspiring students and shedding further light into STEAM careers, as well as using their own experience to give helpful advice and insight on how to navigate their own paths to success.
The interview practice sessions were also a great success featuring Milton Park volunteers from Ashdown Phillips, Arctoris, ASA Landscape Architects, Crossland Solicitors, CTS Group, EnSilica, Hachette, Ipsen, Middleton Advisors, Oberlanders, Tokamak Energy and Vertex Pharamceuticals. Through the one to one interview practices, students were able to gain a greater understanding of the do’s and don’ts of prepping and doing professional interviews.
The volunteers were also on hand to answer any questions the students had surrounding employability skills and how to be a stand-out interview candidate. Students left feeling much more confident about presenting themselves to future employers and the feedback from them all was phenomenal. It was fantastic to see students engaging in activities that will help them towards securing a role in their chosen field in the very near future.
We're on the lookout for even more occupiers to take part in our diverse calendar of upcoming events, to make a difference locally - so if you're interested in getting involved please do get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about Milton Park's local engagement work, including ‘Explore Milton Park’, can be found here, with updates from activities throughout the course of the programme shared on social media via #ExploreMiltonPark