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Careers in Computing

Last week, during National Careers Week (4th – 9th March), I found myself contemplating the careers provision in schools and how many opportunities there are to showcase the varied and amazing career opportunities there are out there that link to computing.

If I were to ask a group of pupils in KS1 about what they would like to be when they are older, I would likely hear responses such as becoming a firefighter, nurse, hairdresser, bus driver, or teacher. It’s uncommon to receive responses related to computing and wider STEM professions apart from maybe a ‘Youtuber!’ It’s our responsibility to expose our pupils to a diverse range of careers, opening up a world of possibilities for them.

So how can I embed careers into my computing curriculum?

Careers education provides a real-world context for the subjects children study in school. When introducing new computing units of work, we have the opportunity to discuss with our pupils how they fit into real-life situations and what career paths these link to.

Examples on your curriculum may include: –

  • Digital Painting: Potential careers include Digital Animator, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator.
  • Programming: Opens doors to careers in Esports and Video Game Development.
  • Website Creation: Skills applicable to careers in Software Engineering and Web Development.
  • Audio Editing: Opportunities in fields such as Podcasting.

Are there any resources out there to support me? Tech She Can has a wide range of free resources available on their website to empower you to integrate careers into your computing provision, in particular addressing gender issues within STEM careers. Among these resources are animated lessons tailored for Key Stage 1, featuring characters like ‘Katie and Tex,’ covering various technology topics such as augmented reality, wearable tech in schools, and autonomous shopping.

For Key Stage 2, on-demand lessons are available, supplemented by regular live assemblies. The next upcoming live assemblies support British Science Week with assemblies on Sustainable Transport and Tech for Sport which can be accessed here Resources such as Barefoot Careers and Technology Match can be used to introduce students to how technology supports individuals in various roles, fitting seamlessly into topics like ‘People who help us.’ Digital School House hosts free workshops which are linked around the careers industry in particular the esports industry. You can also use their workshop materials for free if you do not have a local Digital School House.

What about speakers? STEM Ambassadors play a crucial role in bringing STEM subjects to life by offering firsthand insights into industry careers, bridging the gap between schools and the professional world. To connect with STEM Ambassadors, simply post your activity on the STEM dashboard, and local ambassadors will reach out to you.

You can also reach out amongst your school and local community. Consider involving governors who may have backgrounds in computing careers, or arranging Q&A sessions with your school’s technicians. Reach out to your parents to see what careers they have. Another idea is to organise a careers event where your pupils can hear from a diverse range of speakers sharing their experiences and insights into various roles and career paths.

Careers education in primary schools is about nurturing our children’s curiosity and equipping them with the skills and confidence to navigate the ever-changing world of work. By integrating careers education into our computing curriculum, we can inspire our pupils to explore a wide range of diverse career opportunities.

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