6 ways to explore STEM careers with social media

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and fancy a career in these industries? You can now help boost your prospects without even leaving the sofa! Here’s how thanks to Plotr…

1. Know your Twitter hashtags

Clicking on a hashtag shows you everything people say on Twitter with the same tag. Some tags for engineering, science and maths are especially popular, so bookmark them and check them out! It’s a great way to find new people to follow, networks to join and jobs to apply for.

Women in STEM:

#ThisIsWhatAnEngineerLooksLike, #WomenInStem #PrettyCurious #GeekGirlTechCon

Job hunting:

#EngineeringJobs #EngineeringGraduate

2. Follow the crowd

Following important people and organisations in the world of science is an easy way to learn about important research, events, funding, people worth hooking up with and job opportunities.

There are lots of superstar scientists on Twitter who are really friendly. Some of our favourites are @ProfBrianCox (always on TV and thinks everything science is amayyyyyzing), @BenGoldacre (famous physician) and @AmyMainzer (astronomer who does space stuff and is a bit of a Star Trek fan).

Cool employers:

@SiemensUKJobs, @capgeminiukppl, @ThalesUK, @BBCMIDigital, @atkapprentices, @networkrailjobs @ edfecareers

Organisations who can help you get started:

@AppsForGoodCDI, @Young_Engineers, @STEMNET, @Tomorrows_Eng, @TheIET, @CodeClub, @_EngineeringUK, @ OutboxIncubator, @CodingLDN

Recruitment peeps:

@TjobsEng_Tech, @STEMGraduates, @naturejobs, @ScienceCareers

Cool events:

@bigbangfair, @FindingAda, @technopoplondon, @BritishSciFest, @ nsecuk, @btyste, #TEWeek15

Women in engineering superstars:

@STEMWomen, @w_rock_science, @Science_Grrl, @Stemettes, @GirlsWhoCode, @TechFutureGirls

3. Build a Twitter list for science career news

Want to see science and engineering job opportunities at a glance? Or hear the latest from your science heroes? Build a Twitter list of STEM movers and shakers you follow, and see their feeds with one click of a button. It’s a neat way to keep all your science career stuff in one place, away from the beautiful buzzing of Beyonce’s ‘beehive’ fandom or Kanye’s latest presidential words of wisdom.

4. Get involved with community projects

Thinking about a digital career? Follow the #hackathon hashtag for the latest news on communal coding projects to get involved with.

There are lots of open source projects out there to help you make your mark on technology and boost your CV. Even Twitter is in on the act!

Volunteering in real life also looks great on your CV and helps you make friends with people who can tell you about the latest projects, competitions and even jobs. Follow your fave STEM organisations and networks on Twitter to see when volunteering opportunities might pop up.

5. Research employers on Facebook

Many employers have a stronger Twitter presence, but tweets can fly by so fast that if you blink you’ll miss them. Employers often post less on Facebook, and the posts hang around for longer. It’s a great way to learn more about an employer’s campaigns, achievements, areas of interest and job opportunities.

Sound good? Cool, well we have loads of STEM courses on offer to you here at The Sheffield College. We have various facilities from our brand new Centre for Engineering down at Olive Grove and onsite labs for all your sciencey needs! Check them all out here!

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