STEM workers

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are often referred to collectively, especially in government policies, education / employment statistics, and news articles - you've probably seen a lot of headlines like these:

STEM jobs were hardest to fill in 2016

Women still under-represented in STEM industries, report finds

New STEM education programme rolled out in selected schools

As you'll know if you've ever read any of the stories attached to those headlines, STEM as a whole has a lot of problems at the moment. Many organisations have great difficulty finding qualified workers to fill demanding science jobs, and in addition to the much-publicised lack of diversity in STEM fields, there simply aren't enough young people participating and pursuing a future in STEM, which means that the problems faced by these industries will likely get worse as time goes on.

But is that an issue for everyone else? Just how important is STEM to the world at large?

Why STEM should be important to everyone

The answer, of course, is that STEM is very, very important for the whole planet, and crucial to the continued prosperity of the human race. It hopefully goes without saying that modern society as we know it relies heavily on STEM industries and the talented workers within those industries. Here are just three examples:

  • Computers - The modern world relies on computers to an extent that would have been virtually unimaginable just a few decades ago. We use computers to talk to friends, do the shopping, listen to music, and learn about everything from the history of the world to the correct method for laying a floor. Computers tell us where to go and what's happening there. You probably use computers in any number of different ways over the course of an average day, and it's all because of skilled people in STEM roles who worked hard to make this possible.

  • Medicine - While it's unlikely that mankind will ever eradicate all diseases, it cannot be understated how much safer we all are today thanks to modern medicine. In the last century alone, talented STEM workers saved countless lives by curing smallpox and developing vaccines for polio, measles, diphtheria, and countless other illnesses. One expert has predicted that we will see a "sudden surge" in effective cancer treatments within the next five to ten years. At this very moment, countless people are living and breathing and going about their lives because of the medical advances made by STEM workers.

  • Transport - It's easy to take modern transportation systems for granted. Cars allow you to travel miles in minutes; railways keep entire countries connected; aeroplanes take thousands of people from one side of the world to the other every day. Once again, all of this is thanks to STEM visionaries who never stop working to bring the world closer together and create more and more efficient ways to get from A to B.

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Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineering is in many ways the archetypal science job, right down to the traditional white lab coat. It is also a very stimulating field of work; writing in the Guardian, Samantha Tyson of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) described chemical engineering as “all about turning raw materials into useful, everyday products”.

Qualified chemical engineers can also look forward to decent remuneration - a recent IChemE salary survey found that starting wages average somewhere in the region of £29,500 per year. More experienced chartered chemical engineers can expect to earn as much as £70,000, or even higher in certain industries (such as oil and contracting).

But how does one become a chemical engineer in the first place?

As with other science jobs, you need the right characteristics.

Don't be fooled too much by the 'chemical' bit of this particular job title - if you wish to become a chemical engineer, strong mathematical abilities are just as important as a firm grasp of chemistry. According to Tyson, maths, physics and chemistry are the most common A-levels taken by chemical engineering students.

But you will also need many other, often more general skills and attributes to secure a job in chemical engineering. These range from project and resource management skills and oral and written communication skills to analytical skills, problem solving, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Graduates seeking chemical engineering jobs will also be expected to possess strong IT skills, commercial and business awareness and the capacity to motivate and lead a team.

What qualifications will you require?

You won't normally be able to secure a role as a chemical engineer unless you have a BEng degree or a BTEC HNC or HND in chemical or process engineering. Admission to a chemical engineering degree course generally depends on you having at least five A*-C GCSEs, as well as two A-levels (including maths and at least one science subject).

If you lack maths and science qualifications, some universities offer a foundation year to help get you up to speed. As always, you should double-check the exact entry requirements with individual colleges.

It can be advantageous for those wishing to build an especially lucrative career in chemical engineering to also possess a master's degree (MEng) in addition to a first degree in chemical engineering. Those with a degree in a different branch of engineering (or a related subject such as chemistry or polymer science) may opt to take an MSc postgraduate degree in chemical or process engineering to boost their career prospects.

Chemical engineering is an extremely diverse field of work.

It's difficult to sum up everything that chemical engineers do in just a few lines. Depending on the exact role and sector in which you work, you may find yourself...

  • Designing plant and equipment configuration
  • Setting up scale-up and scale-down processes
  • Assessing options for plant expansion
  • Applying new technologies and researching new products
...among an incredibly wide range of other potential duties.

There are plenty of opportunities for progression, too. According to the National Careers Service, these include becoming a senior process or design engineer; progressing into a research and development manager role; or becoming a plant manager or overall operations manager. Consultancy work is another option.

Remember that Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a leading science recruitment agency serving those on the lookout for all manner of engineering roles, including process or chemical engineering. Click through to learn more about our in-depth expertise in this area.

 
 
HRS is giving away a brand new Blackberry Z10* courtesy of the very generous O2 Store Manger at the Stratford Centre!
 
It’s free to enter, all you need is a Twitter or Facebook account! For your chance to win, simply keep an eye out for the Blackberry prize draw tweets on @Rickymartin247’s Twitter account which will inlcude instructions on how to enter the competition.

 

BlackBerry Z10* Specifications:

16GB Internal storage
4.2" Touch display
8MP Rear camera
4GLTE Ready
1280 x 768 resolution, 356ppi
1080p HD video recording
Up to 13 days standby time
BlackBerry® 10 operating system
MicroSD memory card
Up to 10 hours talk time (3G)
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor

*SIM free, phone locked to O2 Network
 
For further details about this model please visit the official BlackBerry website
 
 
 
The important stuff…
 
To enter, you will need to RT @Rickymartin247’s initial giveaway tweet from 18 February 2014 and either follow @Hyperec_HRS or ‘Like’ our HRS company Facebook page. The competition opens on 18 February 2014 and ends on 2 March 2014, one lucky winner will be selected at random.
 
T’s and C’s apply, click here for more details.  
 
 
While we are on the subject of phones...have you downloaded the HRS Job App?
 
Do you often find yourself searching for a jobs on your phone, then thinking, you'll apply for it when you're sitting at your desktop PC at home? We all know searching for a new job can time consuming process. How many times have you forgotten to apply for a job when you finally sit down in front of your computer? Why not download the FREE HRS Jobs App and make your job search easier? You'll be able to search and apply for jobs whilst you're on the move!
 
The app has been specifically designed to help you identify the current jobs roles in the market place. The vacancy filter feature enables you to search for suitable contract or permanent roles based on your sector, location, skills and salary. In addition, gain access to useful CV tips and advice and find out what to expect at an interview and most importantly, how to prepare for it.
 
So if you're searching for science jobs, or just looking for a recruitment company that can assist you in locating a job in the science industry, then you've come to the right place. We have a wealth of recruitment expertise, particularly in relation to jobs in the science and technology sectors. With a range of positions from the laboratory to the office, from graduate to CEO levels, we can assist in finding the right job for you.
 
We recommend you download your CV on to your smart phone or device to enable you to apply for suitable positions, even quicker!
  

We now have our very own YouTube Channel to keep you up-to-date with the latest news - not just from within our company but the science and technology markets. What’s more, this site will provide useful videos to help you successfully secure a new job within these fields. These videos will include, working with recruitment agencies, how to write a CV, preparing for a job interview and much more, so watch this space!

Take a look at our first video which is all about our company and feel free to like it!

If you're searching for science jobs, or simply looking for a recruitment company that can help you in finding a job in the science industry, then you've come to the right place. Hyper Recruitment Solutions has a wealth of recruitment expertise as well as compliance and commercial awareness, particularly in relation to science jobs and jobs in the technology sector. So if you're considering your career options, or just thinking about the future, why not take a look our YouTube site and find out how we can help you!

Watch out for more videos, including an introduction to the HRS team…

 

 

HRS would like to thank Kevin Cook from VideoArtisan for producing the video.  

 

On Wednesday 10th October at 10:00 Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) are participating in an online chemical sciences event run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - Chem Careers 2012. This is an event focused on showing people the different career options on offer regardless of what stage in your career you are at. Ricky Martin (Managing Director of HRS) will be available from 10:00 during the RSC's live chat session where three employers are asked the question by participants of the event - How do I get in the door?

As somebody who is a member of the RSC, experience in recruiting across this field for many years and now a business owner himself, Ricky is the ideal person from HRS to do so. Interesting he also exhibited at 3 of the live Chem Careers events at Birmingham's NEC from 2006 - 2009. So he knows the event well and the topic of conversation in detail.

So whether you are interested in finding our how to stand out, where to go to find your perfect job in science or what applications a scientist can look at with their career. This is a perfect chance to ask somebody who knows the field well and is fully behind supporting scientists in their career options.

For more information on advice on CVs, interviews and working with a recruitment agency please do visit the Hyper Recruitment Solutions Website at www.hyperec.com

For more information on the Chem Careers event please visit http://my.rsc.org/chemcareers

HRS are supporting the science community to offer a highly compliant and specialist recruitment service to any jobs sectors. We offer science jobs at scientific companies and alos science positions for non science companies. Whatever your ideal career options would be HRS are well connected across the industry.

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