STEM Sessions

STEM Sessions

A careers podcast for teachers and young people's influencers. STEM Sessions puts a spotlight on STEM careers in the UK. Every episode, we'll be talking to one of our London based STEM Ambassadors, who are real people that work in STEM and also volunteer in schools to inspire and inform young people. You'll get to find out more about their job, how they got there and how young people today can get there too! More information on STEM Ambassadors can be found at: www.stem.org.ukAbstract vector created by freepik - www.freepik.com... Show More

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June 11, 2020 20 min

Abdul Muhammad works as a Civil Engineer in the rail division of Aecom supporting the design and construction of railway platforms, stations and parts of the High Speed 2 network. 

In Abdul's episode, he and Natalie cover the contrasting misconceptions people have about civil engineering, and how being STEM Ambassador is a great way to challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone!  

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Helen Watson is an electrical engineer for multinational engineering firm Arup. In her role, she designs the electrical systems for construction projects ranging from new offices and restaurants to a brand new mental health hospital in South London.  

In Helen's episode, her and Dan discuss the human elements of engineering (from working in a team to balancing human behaviour in buildings with technology) and how sustainable bui...

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Prithyukshaa (Shaa) Ravi is a Senior Consultant at Capgemini, working on a wide variety of digital projects in the financial sector, including helping to move paper processes online. She has also worked in a wide variety of roles in technology, starting as a developer, progressing into becoming a business analyst and product manager, leading her to her current career in consulting. 

In Shaa's episode, she and Natalie discuss get...

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Mimi-Isabella Nwosu is an Assistant Materials Engineer at Sir Robert McAlpine, working on large infrastructure projects, including the development of a brand new town! 

In conversation with Natalie Cheung, Mimi-Isabella uncovers her incredible story of how she found out about engineering at university, how travelling and understanding different cultures can be beneficial in your career and the difference between cement and concrete!...

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Professor George Turnbull is a retired university lecturer, engineer and entreprenuer that during his working life earned a PhD, worked as an engineer and founded 3 companies, one of which manufactured photochromic glasses. He's also a legend in the STEM Ambassador world, volunteering at well over 70 activities (as a conservative estimate!)

In George's episodes, he gives key messages about the importance of gaining some expe...

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April 23, 2020 13 min

Fresh out of sixth form, Chelsea Evans is a Project Management Apprentice at HS2, Europe's largest infrastructure project connecting London to the north of England. 

In Chelsea's episode, we cover the recruitment process for becoming an apprentice at HS2, the importance of perseverance when looking for jobs coming out of education and many other useful hints and tips for young people starting out on their career journey. 

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Alex and Lucy both work in research and development for visual effects company DNEG, one of the world's leading visual effects and animation studios for feature film and television.

Alex works in the build team, supporting the creation of digital actors, buildings and vehicles. Lucy works in the 'fur' team, who develop tools to help artists bring furry creatures to life by making their hair move in a believable way.

In th...

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March 31, 2020 23 min

Jenifer Penn is a Rail Vehicles Engineer for Transport for London, helping to design, test and implement components for underground trains to improve the passenger experience. In Jenny’s episode, we discuss the projects she has worked on, the creativity in engineering, and overcoming imposter syndrome.

Co-hosting with Dan in this episode is Rhoda Quist, STEM Ambassador Coordinator for North London. Rhoda has a BSc in Biochemistry an...

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March 25, 2020 26 min

Kathryn Coldham is a PhD student currently based at the world famous Large Hadron Collider at CERN! We uncover how Kathryn used her initiative as a teenager to gain a work experience placement at CERN and find out more about her particle physics research as part of her PhD from Brunel University London.

We've also had a change up in interviewer! Making her STEM Sessions debut, Natalie Cheung is the STEM Ambassador Coordinator fo...

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March 23, 2020 23 min

From an interest in maths to developing electrical components in wind turbines! Aleks' journey shows how patience is key to finding the right job role for you and the importance of picking up skills and experience along the way. We also discuss what engineering is predominantly about and break the stigma around what engineers are interested in.

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From graduate job to apprenticeship, Tom O'Brien works for telecommunications giant BT as a Digital Media Apprentice, supporting the firm's network through data and coordinating STEM outreach for the firm's apprenticeship cohort. In Tom's episode, we give an insight into graduate/apprenticeship assessment days and showcase the valuable experiences and skills an apprenticeship can offer.

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Andre Siqueira de Nogueira studied Economics, Finance and Software Engineering and has always been fascinated by STEM. As a director at a data analytics firm, he has always had a passion for engineering and has looked to take on new challenges.

Andre gives an insight into how engineering can provide a fundamental and powerful toolkit that can equip people with valuable skills for a wide variety of roles. We also discuss the top attr...

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Esther Uwannah is a Radiation Safety Physicist for the NHS . Esther is also one of our 3,000 STEM Ambassadors based in London, giving up her time to volunteer in schools and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. 

In our debut episode, we find out what inspired Esther to pursue a career in the NHS and how she used her initiative to find out more about radiation safety physics when she was at school. Esther also shines a ...

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March 2, 2020 1 min

STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support for STEM subjects in the UK. Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, we are dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers. One way we do this is through the STEM Ambassador programme, a volunteering programme for people who work in STEM. 

STEM Ambassadors volunteer in schools ...

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