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You will be surprised where people with a science education are employed. People who have scientific qualifications are in high demand, and science qualifications prepare them for a wide variety of careers both in science and beyond science. Science qualifications give you access to a vast range of careers from surveying to biochemistry and from marine biology to journalism. Not pursuing subjects such as science and mathematics may close off a whole range of careers.

 

So how can parents encourage their child’s interest in science throughout their education?

So how can parents encourage their child’s interest in science throughout their education?

  • Take them to science festivals, exhibitions and museums, which explore the application of science in innovative ways. Look out for science and maths related TV programmes.
  • Help your children to see that qualifications in science and maths keep their options open. Deciding not to pursue these subjects could close off whole career areas.
  • Talk to your child’s school about the opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as visiting speakers like science Ambassadors or after school science clubs.
  • Help schools to deliver science related work experience that broadens young people’s horizons. Can you support a work placement, or do you know someone who can?
  • Check in with your child’s school to make sure you are aware of any special events happening, for example careers activities or the annual ‘Science Week’ in October each year.
  • Make sure your children are aware of the value that science and maths related subjects have in the work place, such as the increasing employer led demand for scientific and technical skills.
  • Help your child to explore the full range of education pathways available to ensure they make the choice that suits them best. Speak to their school teacher for advice.
  • Support your children with their school work. Young people need encouragement to persevere and achieve in subjects they may find challenging. Improving in science and maths requires practice just like learning a language or a musical instrument.
  • Talk to your children about what they have done in science, maths, design and technology (D&T) and information and communications technology (ICT) classes. Find out about the links to careers in the world beyond school.
  • Help your children to see the long-term benefits of having science qualifications and skills, such as increased employability, good salaries and variety of opportunity.
The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
If you are final year Natural Science student, you can enroll at SACNASP. View more information.