Smart Futures: Why Science and Technology Should Be Your Career

Is your teen thinking of a career in science or technology? Easky Britton is a professional surfer and an environmental scienctist PhD. Here she talks to Smart Futures about her love of science, surfing and being outdoors. She talks about challenging STEM stereotypes, being creative and appreciating and understanding the world around us. We ask Easky, who is her STEM hero?

What is it?

Smart Futures is an online resource providing information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to second level students in Ireland.

Who’s it for?

Smart Futures provides online resources to students, teachers, parents and guidance counsellors, to help raise awareness of career opportunities in these areas, as well as to help stimulate an interest in STEM subjects in secondary school and at third level.

What do you like most about it?  

In every career, role models are important and sometimes it’s nice to be able to put a face to a scientist and I suppose to see that they are normal. Sometimes people think that scientists need to have crazy hair! Hopefully Smart Futures can dispel this myth smiley.

Why is it different from other programmes? 

It’s one of the only programmes designed to help young people to really explore their interest in STEM and find out what is involved in working in these careers. The website, which has been recently relaunched, has some great new resources, including a dedicated Parents section and career pathways mapped out for science, tech, engineering and maths.

Tell us in 5 words why Smart Futures?

It’s interesting, honest and informative.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls