You’ve just signed up for your first summer school, and you’re about to embark on a whirlwind of work and life that will make or break your future.
But what’s a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) degree without a few tips for how to navigate this new world?
We spoke to experts and students across the spectrum, from the most seasoned to the inexperienced.
What’s in your top two?
Here are some tips to help you get through your first year, or any one of them, safely.1.
You’ll need a few essentials to keep things on trackYou need to know what you need to do to stay on track, and make sure you’re equipped to handle any new tasks.
For instance, your first assignment might be to create a computer code, or to work out how to create and analyse a new data set.
Your school’s curriculum is designed to help with these tasks, so make sure that you’re comfortable working on them.2.
You should look at the different optionsYour first job could be as a researcher or designer, or it could be to help your school find and recruit a new engineering team, or even develop a new product.
You could also be involved in the research or development of a new school building.
You need some basic skills and knowledge to get started, so that you can make the most of your new position and career.3.
You must have a clear sense of directionIf you’re interested in science and engineering, or maths, then you should have a very clear sense about where you want to go.
This can be achieved by talking to the staff, teachers and the students.
You need to be prepared to discuss your ambitions, and find out where you fit in the new environment.4.
You can get the best results from working with othersYou have to work together to find solutions to problems.
This is true whether you’re at the front of a desk or on the bench, and will help you become a more effective team member.
You must also make sure your team can work together and communicate effectively.
For instance, you may have a team member who is experienced with programming languages, and this person can be a great resource for new and experienced staff.5.
You will need to keep your head upIf you’ve already got a job, or are in a position to make a career change, you can start to think about how you will use your new skills.
For example, you might want to be more involved with the project team, and learn more about the students, or find a new way to collaborate.
You may also want to use your existing skills to take on a new role, and help the team with any projects you are working on.
For further guidance, we have created an infographic, with tips on how to prepare for your new job.