Gaming your future in chemistry
Coinciding with our TikTok debut, we have also launched a game on our A Future In Chemistry website, to showcase the vast range of career paths chemistry offers, all of which can make a real difference to people and the planet.
We developed the game following research into young people’s career aspirations and aims to help address the careers advice gap that many reported facing.
Conducted earlier this year, our survey of more than 1,000 15 - 18 year olds in the UK found almost a fifth of young people don’t look to anyone (including the likes of teachers, parents, careers advisors or friends), for careers inspiration (18%) and a further 11% don’t know who to turn to for this information.
Based on the answers to a series of interest-focused questions and the results of games designed to test memory and problem-solving skills, participants of the game will be matched to one of five sets of results which provide inspirational career related content. This includes a number of real-world case studies of young specialists currently working on solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.
Sarah Robertson concludes: “Many young people told us that they are considering pursuing career paths which tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems - from climate change to dwindling natural resources and issues relating to health.
“As the organisations working to combat these problems rely heavily on people with chemistry skills, we have to do more to ensure relevant information is available when making career decisions and think of creative ways to make chemistry more engaging both in and outside of the classroom, if we are to give young people the best chance of achieving their life ambitions.”
The game forms part of the suite of materials we are developing for children, parents and schools to better support young people in making informed career decisions.