We’ve now posted nearly a thousand profiles of people who work in technology, engineering and science-related industries on our website for students. They’re already grouped by their job roles, the subjects they loved at school and specific tertiary qualifications, but it was time to create another way to explore the stories.
Inspired by the Māori Futuremakers site, we’ve created a Profile Explorer web feature that allows students to filter down a gallery of images from Ambassador profiles. By selecting keywords and categories they can select just those people who match their preferences before picking a story to read.
Young people often don’t have a very clear idea of what’s involved in different STEM careers, so we’ve listed 27 keywords – from ‘adventure’, ‘attention to detail’ and ‘building’ to ‘technically challenging’, ‘travel’ and ‘variety’.
Each Ambassador has selected about six keywords that they consider to be the most applicable to their job (the Futureintech team does a little editing when Ambassadors enthusiastically select all or most of the keywords).
We know from the research that students are strongly influenced by their ideas about what sorts of jobs are suitable for ‘people like me’, so we’ve added gender and ethnicity options as filters. The ethnicity options are based on the New Zealand Census categories, but at present Ambassadors can only select one ethnic group.
The collection can also be explored by the many and various industries that employ people with these skills, from biotechnology to surveying + spatial science.
The filters can be used in combinations, for example, to find:
- women who work in the construction industry and describe their work as creative (6 stories)
- Māori in the primary industries whose jobs involve team work (5 stories)
- people with jobs that are creative, innovative, involve problem-solving and opportunities to learn (66 stories)
Check it out at www.futureintech.org.nz/profile-explorer/
We’d love your comments and suggestions, and those of your students. Please email Madeleine at email@example.com or call (04) 473 2026