Science: Where can it take you?

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The school year is almost finished and a great holiday is waiting for you.

This is maybe a good moment to think about your future. Therefore we wish to talk to you about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) as an entrance portal to great industries that you might consider working for, once you have finished your academic training. Please watch the video above and then continue reading. The video is available in English and 13 other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

STEM education helps you to understand what planet earth is made of, where all living creatures on this planet come from, what life means, what our planet is part of and how we relate to the cosmos. Science is chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, pharmacy and other disciplines coming together. Technology, engineering, economics, even a lot of games we play, all use mathematics. All that is STEM and this is why going for STEM makes a difference. STEM may create for yourself better career opportunities, for example, by working for interesting industries that are at the core of innovative solutions matching people's evolving and ever increasing needs.

One of these industries is the chemical industry, the necessary supplier of all other industries in the world. Did you know that :

- More than 95 % of all products that we use on a daily basis have a chemical industry-made component in it?

- Summarizing the history of the last 200 years, the chemical industry has been at the root of all major scientific discoveries over that period?

- Our average life expectancy has increased from 25 to almost 80 years over the past 150 years, thanks to the chemical industry.

- The chemical industry gives the global population access to their needs: drinkable water, food, health and health care, comfortable and attractive clothes, "green" buildings and means of transport that consume less energy and reduce emissions, instant communication (mobile phones, computers and tablets) and even distant education as this chat shows!

Innovate and bring sustainable solutions matching people's needs is what the chemical industry is all about. Therefore this industry needs educated dynamic young people to join its ranks, in a multidisciplinary and team working approach. Today, in certain European countries only two out of ten students go for STEM. However, the need is for at least double that number.


- What is a "career" by reference to a "job"?

- What career opportunities does the chemical industry offer?

- What are supply and logistics chains? What is special in chemical supply and logistics chains?

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