STEM careers

STEM careers in development

Students are often unaware of the opportunities open to them if they study STEM subjects at school.  These resources, comprising of a poster and four case studies, are designed to increase awareness of the just some of the potential careers open to them in international development.

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Becoming involved in international development

Advice on courses and grants that are available for people interested in a career in international development

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Gita - Financial controller

Gita is Practical Action's financial controller. She used her love of numbers and computers to get a job that now takes her all over the world to see first hand the work that Practical Action is doing to help the lives of poor people.

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Lucho -International Co-ordinator

Lucho has travelled to lot of developing countries, including Peru. He says the most rewarding part of his job is seeing people in developing countries use his ideas to improve their lives.

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Drew - energy consultant

Drew Corbyn  is an energy consultant working for Practical Action in Malawi.  He is currently managing a project installing a micro-hydro plants in a number of remote villages.  Find out what he loves about his job and what he most wishes he had invented! Drew Cor...

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Ella - Editorial and Production Assistant

Ella has always wanted to do something that would make a difference to the world. She has worked on low cost water filters and providing electricity to people who otherwise wouldn't have any at all.

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Ewan - Energy Consultant

Ewan is involved in trialling the use of ethanol from sugarcane as a fuel for stoves as part of a Practical Action project. His career has included working in a gold mine in Asia and training engineers in Haiti.

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Olivia - Digital Design Consultant

Olivia always wanted to be a designer. Combining product design with engineering set her on the path to a job helping poor people, but not quite in the way she expected.

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Sarah - Senior Energy Advisor

Sarah is inspired by working with women all over the world. She gets great job satisfaction when she sees women become excited as they realise how a new technology, such as a solar powered water pump, will improve their lives.

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STEM careers poster

This colourful A2 poster illustrates how studying STEM subjects can lead to four very different careers in the international development sector

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