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Poll: Is parental education key to science and engineering opportunities?

Parental education and awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities is fundamental to solving the skills crisis, according to a leading scientist. But is this the right approach? Have your say by taking part in GE’s poll on who should take the lead in providing information of geotechnical careers.

The key role parents play in career choices was highlighted by head of healthcare group BTG Dame Louise Makin during an event at Alton Convent School in Hampshire.

Makin said that parents are the key influencers for career paths among teenage children. The school supports this view and believes that level of influence is directly impacted by the parents’ ‘science capital’ – whether it is their own science qualifications or those of members of their family. The school invited Makin to help launch a series of parent education sessions to help address this awareness issue.

The discussion covered Makin’s career path, which she said was not defined by a singular long term goal, was dynamically steered by three questions at critical decision points: Am I still learning? Will this decision open or close doors? What are the people like?

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